coral reefs

A Sea Sponge Could Save Your Life

The healing power of the sea has been known for centuries. The Greeks and Chinese in 4500 BC began using the sea as a source of commerce and food. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks investigated the effects of seawater on human health, crediting it with healing powers. As early as the 14th century Eastern cultures […]

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The Coral Triangle – The Amazon of the Seas

The Coral Triangle is a marine area found between the Pacific and Indian oceans that is 647 million hectares of land and sea. It is located within the territories of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It is so named for the triangular area of the tropical marine waters of […]

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Something New to Help Ailing Reefs

Coral Reefs are essential to millions of plant and animal species in our marine ecosystem.  Over the past three decades, coral reefs in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean have been damaged by diseases, storms and coral predators as well as ocean warming, pollution and ocean acidification.  Warm ocean temperatures have bleached out the coral […]

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Mapping Coral Reefs

Anyone with a computer today can get online and use Google Street View to go on a sightseeing tour of the U.S. and most parts of the world. A new venture has taken that idea of mapping and applied it to underwater imagery of coral reefs. It has already been used in the Caribbean and […]

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Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary

The Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife and wetlands are still recovering from the massive oil spill that occurred three years ago when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The incident, the worst of its kind in U. S. history, killed eleven workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. The spill affected hundreds of miles of […]

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Repopulating Coral Reefs

Coral Reef

A federally funded, multi-agency effort has begun on the largest coral reef restoration project in history.  NOAA funded scientists with The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations including Mote Marine Laboratory, began growing staghorn and elkhorn corals at eight underwater nurseries located from Ft. Lauderdale south through the Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009.  […]

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