Coral reef
Coral reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain fe...
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Our Blue Planet: Printing 3D coral reefs
The world's largest 3D printed reef has just been installed in the Maldives. #OurBluePlanet w/ OceanX + Reef Design Lab
David Vaughan Wants to Save the World
Decades into his career, marine biologist David Vaughan stumbled upon a method for growing coral faster than had previously been believed possible, a breakth...
Scientists Warn Great Barrier Reef Is On Brink Of Collapse
Scientists have warned that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is so damaged it is undergoing a “complete ecosystem collapse” Fish populations are disappearing and parts of the great barrier reef in Queen...
Underwater Microscope Uncovers the Secret Lives of Coral Reefs in Danger
A new device that peers at corals in their natural habitat could help us understand how the world’s reefs respond to climate change. To read more about this ...
Bombs Away— WWII Bombs Provide Living Laboratories For Cold-Water Coral Reefs
Ocean dumping of munitions from WWII was common in Norway and along the European coast. Some of these bomb dumps offer a natural living laboratory where biologists can study cold-water coral reefs…
Massive coral reef found at mouth of Amazon River
Scientists have discovered 600 miles of coral reef where the Amazon River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Corals Are Dying On The Great Barrier Reef
Scientists have discovered an unprecedented die-off in the world's largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef, prompting the Australian government to issue its highest response level.
Coral Gardening in Fiji
Dedicated coral gardeners are doing their part to restore the declining reefs in Fiji. Watch as these men and women propagate corals and then re-seed the wild reefs in an effort to restore them to the...
NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event
As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompt...
Starfish-Killing Robot Close To Trials On Great Barrier Reef
An autonomous starfish-killing robot is close to being ready for trials on the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Crown-of-thorns starfish have have been described as a significant threat to coral. ...
Fertile Corals Discovered In Deeper Waters Off U.S. Virgin Islands
Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts. The new study showed that mountainous sta...
Great Barrier Reef Oil Patch Found By Water Police Boat Amid 20km Spill Reports
An oil spill up to 20 kilometres long has been spotted along Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reefm with a 'sheen' and 'oily patches' found by police on the water, near Townsville, Queensland. 'We can...
Corals As You've Never Seen Them Before - Award Winning Video
"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives....
Corals face 'slow starvation' from ingesting plastics pollution, experts find
Corals such as those found on the Great Barrier Reef consume ‘microplastics’ in the sea at the same rate as their normal food but cannot expel the fragments Corals such as those found on the Great Bar...
Stunning Photos Showing NYC Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean
I was skeptical at first, but speechless by the end!
44 surreal scenes from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
At night, sharks gathered at the back of the boat, making the evening dip ever so alluring.
Coral
Corals are marine invertebrates in the class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. The group includes the important reef builders th...
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Atoll
An atoll (/ˈætɒl/ or /əˈtɒl/), sometimes called a coral atoll, is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands/cays on the...
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Fringing reef
A fringing reef is one of the three main types of coral reefs recognized by most coral reef scientists. It is distinguished from the other two main types (barrier reefs and atolls) in that it has eith...
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Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximate...
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Southeast Asian coral reefs
Southeast Asian coral reefs have the highest levels of biodiversity for the world's marine ecosystems. They serve many functions, such as forming the of livelihood for subsistence fishermen and even...
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Belize Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country...
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Coral Triangle
The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Ti...
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Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS), also popularly known as the Great Mayan Reef or Great Maya Reef, is a marine region that stretches over 1000 km from Isla Contoy at the tip of the Yuc...
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Coral bleaching
Coral bleaching is the loss of intracellular endosymbionts (Symbiodinium, also known as zooxanthellae) through either expulsion or loss of algal pigmentation. The corals that form the structure of the...
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Coral rag
Coral rag is a rubbly limestone composed of ancient coral reef material. The term also refers to the building blocks quarried from these strata, which are an important local building material in areas...
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Microatoll
A microatoll is a discoid colony of coral, dead on the top but living around the perimeter. Growth is mainly lateral, as upward growth is limited by exposure to air. Microatolls may be up to 6 meters ...
Reef Check
Reef Check is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the conservation of two reef ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and Californian rocky reefs. The Foundation is headquartered in ...
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Skeletal eroding band
Skeletal eroding band (SEB) is a disease of corals that appears a black or dark gray band that slowly advances over corals, leaving a spotted region of dead coral in its wake. It is the most common di...
The Reef Ball Foundation
The Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported non-profit organization that functions as an international environmental Non-governmental organization. The foundation uses Reef Ball a...