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Training of teachers in 92 percent of schools, with the curriculum translated in nearly all the local languages. Download and print the following exercise sheets: Test your knowledge on corals (.pdf) The step after that isn’t to do more research, Sheppard writes: “We already know enough about what is killing the shallow marine habitats of the Gulf—it is no longer a scientific issue and indeed has not been for a couple of decades.” The job is simply to pay attention to the science that already exists in abundance.

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Oceans are huge bodies of saltwater divided into four zones containing a rich diversity of species: The intertidal zone is the area where the ocean gathers at land. Coral reefs are the calcified marine structures formed by the exoskeletons of corals, and the three. The risk of mass coral bleaching is dramatically increased during El Niño years—when large parts of the tropical oceans are warmer than usual due to this natural fluctuation of the Pacific ocean-atmosphere climate—responsible for many climate anomalies around the world such as droughts, heatwaves, and floods.

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Some coral reefs have turned white because they lose their algae when the water gets too salty or warm. The beauty and diversity of coral reefs make them important tourist attractions which help to generate income and create jobs for local communities. Also see some more examples of student work. Doctors and scientists are studying many forms of coral life for their medical potential. Oceans absorb CO2, and its rapid rise is causing two quite distinct—yet catastrophic—impacts on the world’s coral reefs: coral bleaching, and ocean acidification.

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To the detriment of those benefits, however, coral reefs have been deteriorating since the 1970s under a cascade of human impacts. Invasive species, poor water quality, excessive sedimentation, chemical pollution and logging have also contributed to degradation of this important ecosystem. This is because the coral itself is a small animal, similar to a jellyfish or sea anemone, with stinging tentacles that it can use to catch prey and pull it into a small mouth at the centre of the coral.

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This also means that they are receiving one hundred percent of the energy they are creating, unlike the consumers who will only receive ten percent of the same energy from eating the plant. Retrieved 04:00, October 21, 2009 from http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/ocean-carbon-cycle. All of these steps have been taken by either NGOs, scientists, organizations, universities, even some government officials, but not at the level to make noticeable differences.

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Corals can get their energy either through feeding on particles in the water column (heterotrophy) or by using light for photosynthesis (autotrophy). Past awardees and honourees can be found here. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the pH of surface ocean waters has fallen by 0.1 pH units. Nowadays, over one third of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by law against removal of any species, but some say that is not enough.

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Other management options could include local restrictions on ocean dredging and large boat traffic, as well as appropriate modifications of regulations relating to tourism, and commercial and recreational fisheries. People must fight to protect this species from extinction, as they are already endangered. Likewise when ocean concentrations of H+ ions increase, they more readily bond to the bicarbonate and carbonate ions to minimize the drop in pH and form more CO2, which can be quickly utilized during photosynthesis.

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He caters to customers looking for a resort package that includes diving. The corals grow upwards to sea level or just below and outwards towards the open ocean. The coral may also absorb some of the oxygen given off during photosynthesis. QUICK COLLECT is an easy, convenient way to pay for your model paper at a store near you. At lower irradiance levels, some species such as Stylophora pistillata (in the Red Sea) can develop with only 1 % of the surface light; but in this case, only small colonies develop and coral reefs are never formed.

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Phil and Angie took a trip around the world together. The pelagic zone is generally cold though it is hard to give a general temperature range since, just like ponds and lakes, there is thermal stratification with a constant mixing of warm and cold ocean currents. The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Australia Gattuso J.-P., Reynaud-Vaganay, S, Furla, P., Romaine-Lioud, S., Jaubert, J., Bourge, I. and Frankignoulle M. (2000) Calcification does not stimulate photosynthesis in the zooxanthellate scleractinian coral Stylophora pistillata.

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Approximately half of all federally managed fisheries in the United States depend on coral reefs and related habitats for a portion of their life cycles. Benthic organisms, or benthos, are the marine organisms that live on or close to the ocean floor. The goals for Na `Opio `Au Kai are: PADI Open Water Scuba Diver & Project Aware: During the week of Spring Break Malama Na `Apapa and Na `Opio `Au Kai will conduct a certification course involving academics, confined water training and open water training leading to a PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification.