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2013-11-01 04:20:35

Using an innovative approach, the project will contribute to the resiliency of Matagorda Bay AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nature Conservancy has begun work to reconstruct Half Moon Reef, a once-massive oyster reef that has virtually disappeared over the last century in Matagorda Bay, one of the largest estuaries and most productive fisheries in Texas. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131101/DC07842) During November and December, crews will...

Coral Chemical Affects Climate
2013-10-24 15:24:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Anyone who has ever been to the ocean knows that signature smell of sea water. One of the molecules responsible for that smell is actually derived from a chemical made by tiny coral animals called dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP). According to a new study in the journal Nature, Australian marine scientists have discovered the first evidence that DMSP plays a major role in local climate. The molecule offers the coral animals cellular...

2013-10-05 23:03:44

Natural reefs are being decimated by mankind and artificial reefs are becoming a viable alternative. (PRWEB) October 05, 2013 Reefs are a wellspring of strange and beautiful sea-life, catering to an entire ecosystem and acting as an important shelter for multiple protected species. Many of these plants and animals exist only within or around these reefs, and are being destroyed by reckless seafaring and pollution. Artificial reefs, designed and implemented by man, may help to curb the...

2013-09-28 23:04:20

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a Phase II - Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to Polestar Technologies to develop methods of monitoring ocean acidification and coral reef decimation. Needham Heights, MA (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 The rapid decline of living coral reefs has been a major concern of oceanographers and aqua-agriculturists worldwide. The well-being of our planet is directly related to the health of our oceans. The White...

2013-09-23 08:23:10

Massive Online Portal Combines Dynamic 360-degree Imagery and Data Sets for Baseline Scientific Research; Reveals Wonders of Coral Reefs to the World HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Catlin Seaview Survey, a pioneering scientific expedition revealing the state of the world's coral reefs, today announced the launch of the Catlin Global Reef Record (www.globalreefrecord.org), sponsored by international insurer Catlin Group Limited. The Catlin Global Reef Record is a...

Shocking Reefs Back To Life
2013-09-02 10:56:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Major weather events can shock an ecosystem, but they are also part of Earth’s natural cycle, and many species are adept at recovering from an environmental shake up. New research from a joint team of Australian and Swedish researchers has shown that ecosystem shocks caused by changing climate or seasons could play a key role in bringing back some of the world’s badly degraded coral reefs, according to a new report in the journal...

Coral Reef Biodiversity More Important To Divers Than Fish Abundance
2013-08-20 15:31:55

[WATCH VIDEO: Tamar Artificial Reef Now Teeming With Life] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With ecotourism on the rise, determining what elements of a nature-based attraction are most appealing can have significant consequences financially and for raising awareness of conservation issues. In a new study of the Negev from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel, researchers found that divers were able to differentiate between an artificial reef’s biodiversity and...

2013-08-01 12:21:36

Partnership encourages travelers to go paperless and supports efforts to remove invasive algae in Kaneohe Bay HONOLULU, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii are teaming up to restore near-shore coral reefs, which provide both recreation and sustenance to Hawaii's residents and visitors. During the month of August, for every Alaska Airlines mobile application downloaded, the airline will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, with...

If Carbon Emissions Aren't Reduced Now, Coral Reefs Will Die
2013-06-28 15:24:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study found that in order to prevent coral reefs from dying off, nations need to work hard to drop carbon dioxide emission levels. Researchers wrote in the journal Environmental Research Letters that all existing coral reefs will die from inhospitable ocean chemistry conditions by the end of the century if civilization continues on its current path. Coral reefs are havens for marine biodiversity and underpin the economies of...

Ocean Springs Indicate Coral Response To Acidification
2013-06-18 10:29:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The density of coral skeletons will be reduced by ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels, according to an international group of scientists led by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater. The findings of this study are the first to show corals are not able to...


Latest Reef Reference Libraries

Coral Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...

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2012-04-03 19:33:28

Chalice Corals, are a family of stony corals in the Pectiniidae family. Members of this family are mostly colonial but at least one species, Echinomorpha nishihirai, is solitary. These corals are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Pectiniids have a number of different forms but are basically streamlined and smooth. Polyps are large and brightly colored and resemble those of members of the Mussidae family of corals. The polyps are only extended at night. Tentacles are translucent,...

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2012-04-03 19:03:15

Siderastreidae is a family of colonial, reef building stony corals. Members of this family include symbiotic algae in their tissues which help provide their energy requirements. The World Register of Marine Species lists 7 genera within this family: Anomastraea, Coscinaraea, Craterastrea, Horastrea, Psammocora, Pseudosiderastrea, and Siderastrea. Corals in this family vary in form and include massive, thickly encrusting, columnar, and irregular forms. Corallites are linked by flowing...

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2012-04-03 18:06:52

Horn corals, known as Rugosa or Tetracoralla, are an extinct order of coral that were abundant during the Middle Ordovician to Late Permian stages. They were known as horn corals because of a unique horn-shaped chamber with a wrinkled (rugose) wall. These mostly solitary corals often reached lengths of nearly 40 inches. However, some species could form large colonies. Rugose corals have a skeleton made up of calcite that is often fossilized. Like modern corals, rugose corals were...

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2012-04-03 17:00:56

Tabulata is a family of extinct tabulate corals. These corals lived entirely during the Paleozoic era, being found from the Ordovician to the Permian stages. There are about 300 known genera of tabulate corals, of which Aulopora, Favosites, Halysites, Heliolites, Pleurodictyum, Sarcinula and Syringopora are the most common in the fossil record. These corals were mostly found in the shallow waters of the Silurian and Devonian, after which, they became much less common. They became extinct...

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