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Beautiful Death
October 22, 2010, 10:41 pm
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Coral reefs have the most bio-diversity in the ocean. The coral reefs are so beautiful, they seem calm but they are full of life. I remember in 10th grade I went on a trip to Mexico, where we were able to scuba dive and see coral reefs. I have to say it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The coral reefs are full life, there are schools of fish everywhere and also there aren’t just fish there but also sea horses, invertebrates, seabirds and so much more. The coral reefs are home to 25% of fish species. It seems like all the marine life is just at peace and they have nothing to worry about. However, that is not true, over the past couple years the coral reefs are being bleached and dying. The coral reefs are living organisms just like us and just like us any change in their environment can cause them to die. Coral reefs are very sensitive and any change in the temperature of the water can kill them. So with the recent rise of temperatures in the water has killed a lot of coral reefs. In 2005 80% of corals in the Caribbean were bleached and 40% died and according to some scientist from the treehugger blog, this year could be worse. “I’ve never seen bleaching like it in Panama,” said Nancy Knowlton, a coral biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama who has been studying the local flora for 25 years.  We must protect these coral reefs because they are so vulnerable to change. Global Warming has caused for the water temperature to rise and each time the temperature rises increases the chances of the coral reefs dying. Researchers have said that coral reefs have the ability to come back from climate change damage but its takes added protection for that to happen and currently there is only 1% of the ocean protected by marine preserves. If we keep doing the things we are doing with our environment we will never again see the coral reef and its beauty.

Works Cited

Alling , Abigial . “Coral Reef Facts.” Coral Reef. Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, 2008. Web. 22 Oct 2010. <http://www.pcrf.org/reeffacts.html&gt;.

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