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Articles in this section will discuss what coral reefs are, environmental issues pertaining to our ocean reefs, and what we can do to help protect them.

 
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Coral Polyp

by Kevin Brown
Topic: Coral Reefs
A coral polyp is an invertebrate meaning an animal with no backbone, examples of this are anemones and jellyfish. One coral piece can be covered by thousands of coral polyps that in a group are called a coral colony. A polyp has a sack like body and an opening encircled by stinging tentacles called ...

Published: Saturday 13 November, 2010

Common Coral Growth Forms

by Kristin Fehr
Topic: Coral Reefs
Below is a brief description of the common coral growth forms found. Some species will typically grow in a distinctive manner, and you may be tempted to identify the coral in this manner. What is surprising, however, is that a single species can adopt a variety of forms, sometimes even in the same...

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Coral Reef Conservation

by Kristin Fehr
Topic: Coral Reefs
Why should coral reef conservation matter to us? About a third of marine fish use and/or occupy 0.2% of the ocean-in our coral reefs. Over 93% of our planets reefs have already been damaged from the activities of people, including overharvesting, development, and pollution. If that isnt scary e...

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Reef Zones

by Kristin Fehr
Topic: Coral Reefs
The following is a brief description of the major reef zones. The zones are important because they each have their own distinct pattern of light intensity, water strength and current, amount of detritus, and so forth. Certain corals are especially well suited to particular zones, and will flourish...

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Types of Coral Reefs

by Kevin Brown
Topic: Coral Reefs
What are the different types of reefs? The four different types of coral reefs are fringing reefs, barrier reefs, atolls, and patch reefs. Fringing reefs grow near the coastline around islands and continents. They are separated from the shore by narrow, shallow lagoons. Fringing reefs are the most c...

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What is a Coral Reef?

by Kevin Brown
Topic: Coral Reefs
What is a coral reef? Coral reefs are large structures made of limestone deposited by living animals. These corals are not plants but a colony of very small animals. These animals are the polyps that make up the coral. Only a fraction of the animals that live on a reef produce the limestone that mak...

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Where can Coral Reefs be found?

by Kevin Brown
Topic: Coral Reefs
Reef building coral cannot live in water temperatures below 64 Fahrenheit and prefer to live in water between 73 and 84 Fahrenheit. The water also needs to be clear in order to get the light needed for there photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae. The coral is a protective home for this algae ...

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