Salt Water Essay

1402 WordsJul 21, 20086 Pages
SALT WATER Introduction: Salt water refers to water that contains dissolved salts, known as saline water or seawater, water from oceans or seas. It is a home to varieties of aquatic animals, for example, fishes and snails. Some of these animals find it difficult to live in fresh water. If salt water animals go to live in fresh water they can not adapt the environment led to die to them. This essay aims to discuss the importance of salt water and the sub- types namely ocean, sea, and coral reefs. It will also show pictures where it is found and the aquariums that are inhabitants. In other to achieve this objective, this essay will be further divided into five sections. Section 2 will discuss ocean, section 3 seas, section 4 coral reefs…show more content…
Coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical or reef fish, such as the parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish and butterfly fish, and over 4,000 species of fish inhabit coral reefs. The fish species that inhabit coral reefs are able to coexist in such high numbers because any free living space is rapidly inhabited by the first type fish larvae that occupy it. These fish then inhabit the space for the rest of their life and the species that inhabit the free space is random. Due to their vast biodiversity, many governments world-wide take measures to protect their coral reefs e.g. in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Fig 2: Some of the biodiversity of a coral reef Major plants and animals found on Coral Reefs. Thus, primary productivity on a coral reef is very high and producers in coral reef communities include the symbiotic zooxanthellae, coralline algae, and various seaweeds, especially small types called turf algae, although scientists disagree about the importance of these particular organisms. The threats to the world's coral reefs are: Coral reefs are in crisis, dying at an alarming rate worldwide with and an estimated 25% of coral reefs have already disappeared and an estimated two-thirds of all coral reefs are at risk today. Threats to the world's coral reefs include pollution, disease, over-fishing,
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