Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Search
Go Green banner ads

Published on Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Planet’s Beautiful Coral Reefs

[INFORMATIVE]

Coral reefs are colorful limestone communities where polyps can live. Polyps are very small and soft organsms with a strong skeleton called a calicle. A polyp will attach itself to a rock on the ocean floor and begin to divide itself into thousands of clones. All of the calicles will then connect together creating colonies that then combine to create a reef community that acts as one organism growing for thousands of years. The algae called  zooxanthellae lives on the polyps and gives them their diverse colors. Bleaching occurs when corals begin to get rid of (eliminate) the colorful algae due to stress from temperature and pollution. This stress will slowly kill the colony.

Corals live close to the surface since the feeding process begins with the sun.The algae uses sun rays for photosynthesis and produces byproducts that corals can live off. Corals also have tentacles that are most commonly used at night to grab small fish and zooplankton.

These reefs cover 1% of sea floors and support up to 25% of marine animals. Additionally, the oldest growing reef could have started 50 million years ago. However, this can all change now that scientists are predicting the dying of all coral reefs in as close as the next 30 years due the negative human impact with factors like water and air pollutions, and global warming.

Rate this article:
No rating
Comments ()Number of views (209)
Print

Search Jobs

Calender

«December 2017»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27
1756

Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL Pipeline is an enormous cross-continental endeavor poised to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But it's wrapped in controversy as well.

Read more
28
1758

The Greenland Ice Sheet

NASA researchers discovered an enormous body of water hidden deep under the enormous ice sheets of Greenland. Watch as this TED talk dives into the secret world below the glaciers.

Read more
29
1757

Water Scarcity: A Much Bigger Problem Than You Think

Climate change and lack of responsibility on the part of humans is leading to a world where water is becoming scarcer - and that means more dire consequences.

Read more
30
1759

Expert Level Facial Recognition in Sheep

Sheep are some of the most adorable animals on the planet. But who knew they'd be so good at recognizing faces too? 

Read more
1
1760

The Impacts of Deforestation

The increasing rate of deforestation is not only putting an innumerable species at risk of extinction - it's also contributing to a darker future for humans too.

Read more
23
1761

The Portuguese Man O’ War

Have a look at this footage of one of the most interesting and beautiful inhabitants of the sea today - the Portuguese Man O' War.

Read more
4
1762

The Great Whale Rescue

Whale strandings are events that have left scientists baffled for years. Take a look at this footage of an enormous rescue effort that just took place. 

Read more
5
1763

What Is Light Pollution & How Is It Impacting the Planet?

We often hear about the disastrous effects of trash and environmental pollution. But there's one kind of pollution that isn't as well known - light pollution.

Read more
6
1764

5 Heartwarming Animal Stories

Some days you just need to be reminded of the good in this world. These five stories from The Dodo will warm the hearts of any animal lover!

Read more
7
1765

Could Cricket Farming Be A Sustainable Food Source?

The world is facing a serious food crisis, both in terms of quantity as well as nutritional quality. And while it may seem odd to many, crickets could be the solution.

Read more
8
1766

The Love Life of a Praying Mantis

We've all heard that a female praying mantis eats her mate. But did you know that despite losing his head, the male still continues the ritual? 

Read more
910
1767

Climate Change & Volcanic Eruptions? Scientists Uncover the Surprising Link

We've seen a lot of information about the potential factors that are affecting climate change. But few people know how much of a role volcanoes, yes volcanoes, play.

Read more
11
1768

What Is A Supermoon?

We've all heard of a Supermoon before and many of us have even seen how amazing they look firsthand. But what exactly is a Supermoon anyway? 

Read more
12
1769

The Impacts of Irresponsible Cosmetics

Scientists are accumulating evidence of the growing dangers of harsh chemical cosmetic products and their extreme impact on the environment and our bodies.

Read more
13
1770

The Beautiful & Powerful Call of Sperm Whales

Sperm whales are the loudest animals on the entire planet. Watch this short presentation on what it's like to be up close and personal with these amazing beasts.

Read more
14
1771

Who Is Responsible for Oil Spills?

How destructive have oil spills been in the past and, most importantly, who is responsible for the massive environmental destruction they've caused?

Read more
15
1772

Singing with the Whales

Watch as a kayaker sweetly sings to passing beluga whales only to see the whales begin joining in soon after. Amazing creatures with underestimated intelligence!

Read more
1617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567

Category

Categories

    Help Us Go Green
      
    Help Us Go Green