Are Coral Reefs in Danger?

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Abstract Located in tropical ocean waters, coral reefs provide priceless resources to both human and marine life. The leading natural cause of destruction among the coral reefs is global warming. Other natural causes are earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons. The destruction to the coral reefs from these natural disasters is minimal compared to the dangers caused by man. Man-made destruction has a much wider impact on the health of the coral reefs. This destruction includes over-fishing, damage from anchors, aquarium industry, overgrowth of seaweed, and being smothered by sediments. Are Coral Reefs in Danger? Located in tropical ocean waters, coral reefs provide priceless resources to both human and marine…show more content…
A third problem the coral reefs face is strangulation by seaweed. The over-fishing of the coral reefs leads to a decrease in plant-eating fish. This leads to an overgrowth of seaweed which block the light from the coral causing death to the coral reefs. (Denecke, 2001) Irreversible destruction is occurring to our coral reef system. The majority of this destruction is caused by the human race. It is important that the people of the world come together to determine how to keep our precious resources in tact for future generations. Resources 1. Denecke, Christl. (2001) Corals Under Siege UNESCO Courier March 2001 p10 2. Simpson, Sarah. (2001) Fishy Business Scientific American, July 2001 v285 i1 p82(8) 3. University of Washington Website (2002) Group Projects http://carbon.cfr.washington.edu/esc110/2002Fall/projects/091/whatswrong.html?o=0 4. Florida A&M University Website (2000) Group Projects http://www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/esi/EVR-3023/Group5/Threats.html?o=0 5. Encarta Encyclopedia Online (2003)

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