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2009-10-22 11:05:00

With technology similar to that used by physicians to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from six institutions"”including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)"”working at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, S.C., are studying the metabolic activity of a pathogen shown to cause coral bleaching, a serious threat to undersea reef ecosystems worldwide. Coral bleaching is the whitening of living coral due to a disruption of...

2009-10-14 18:45:00

Discovery of shipping containers full of illegal coral in Oregon led to indictment WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gunther Wenzek, a German national, pleaded guilty today before District Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon to one count of smuggling coral into the United States at the port of Portland, Ore., the Justice Department announced. A grand jury in Portland indicted Wenzek in July 2008. Law enforcement officials arrested...

2009-07-22 09:14:33

Bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates faster when they have clean water and lots of sea life at their side, a U.S. university study indicated. The study, lead by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California-San Diego, suggests that better overall ocean health means corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, the university said in a news release. Bleaching events occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to spew out symbiotic...

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2009-07-22 07:05:00

A new study shows that bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates more quickly when they have clean water and plentiful sea life at their side The new research study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that by improving overall ocean health, corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, which occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to expel their symbiotic algae, known as zooxanthellae. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon...

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2009-07-07 10:07:47

Australia's Great Barrier Reef will to be the first of the world's great coral reefs to die from warming water, a leading marine scientist said. There is no way out, no loopholes. The Great Barrier Reef will be over within 20 years or so, said Charlie Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Veron commented Monday as a consortium of reef experts meeting in London predicted climate change would doom coral reefs around the world by the middle of this...

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2009-07-07 05:55:00

A group of experts warned on Monday that increasing acidity of the world's oceans and warming water temperatures from CO2 emissions could wipe out coral reefs by the end of this century. At a meeting in London, the scientists said the pace of CO2 emissions would mean a level of 450 parts per million (ppm) of atmospheric CO2 will be reached by 2050, placing coral reefs on a path to extinction in the following decades. "Coral reef survival is balancing on a knife edge as the combined effects of...

2009-06-26 09:41:46

The thought of coral reefs tends to conjure up images of tropical vacations, complete with snorkeling among tropical fish in crystal clear waters.Rapid climate change, and increased pollution, ocean acidification and overfishing threaten to darken this picture considerably. These factors heavily stress corals, and thus put both the countless marine organisms that count on corals for habitat and shelter, and the $1 billion dollar tourism industry fueled by coral reefs at significant...

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2009-06-23 08:45:32

As global warming whips up more powerful and frequent hurricanes and storms, the world's coral reefs face increased disruption to their ability to breed and recover from damage. That's one of the findings from a new scientific study of the fate of corals in the wake of large climate-driven bleaching and storm events. "We have found clear evidence that coral recruitment "“ the regrowth of young corals "“ drops sharply in the wake of a major bleaching event or a hurricane," says...

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2009-06-18 08:25:29

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change.An international team of scientists led by Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has proposed that bans on fishing gear - like spear guns, fish traps, beach seine nets, and gill nets "“ could aid in the recovery of reefs and fish populations hard hit by coral...

2009-06-11 14:01:00

Global initiative focused on preserving and rejuvenating the world's coral reefs through education, research and action NEW YORK, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) today formally announced the launch of the "Coral Reef Conservancy" at an event attended by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Honorable Leader of Government Business (Premier Designate), Mr. McKeeva Bush, at Macaulay Honors College in Manhattan. (Photo:...


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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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