The Effects Of Bleaching On Coral Reefs

1612 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Across the world’s beautiful oceans, there is a vast and marvelous selection of coral reefs all of which house copious species of coral. Many of these coral are the key element in a marine ecosystem by providing food, shelter and protection for the underwater community. However, this ecosystem is threatened due to the events of coral bleaching, as this event kills the coral and the creatures dependent on them. Without coral, these creatures will become more vulnerable and may be at risk of endangerment or extinction. Bleaching doesn’t just affect the ecosystem it can also cause a lot of damage to local towns and tourist points whose livelihoods depend on their beautiful reefs. Some have already taken action to help prevent bleaching, but what should we do? What can we do to prevent this phenomenon before it’s too late?
Many species of coral are magnificent and beautiful to all who observe it, but when a coral becomes bleached it loses its color and beauty and changes into a sad pale shade of white. How can once beautiful coral become wiped clean of its elegance in such a short period of time? Coral is a simple organism that is created by many layers of calcium to build a frame and typically have a symbiotic relationship between it and a certain algae called ‘zooxanthellae’. These microscopic organisms live deep in the pores of the corals tissue and provide the coral with a steady source of food and protection form disease. “Corals live in very nutrient poor waters and…
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