Death of Coral Reefs

Main Issues

http://www.globalissues.org/article/173/coral-reefs


Tropical waters are naturally low in nutrients because the warm water limits nutrients essential for life from welling up from the deep, which is why they are sometimes called a “marine desert”.


Eliminate the undersea “trees”, which mass coral bleaching is in the process of doing, and you’ll eliminate everything that depends on it for survival.

Negative Effects

  • http://www.reefresilience.org/Toolkit_Coral/C2c0_BleachImpacts.html
  • Coral reefs that bleach are weakened, and therefore unable to provide the ecosystem services on which local communities depend. For example, weakened reefs cannot provide the benefits of shoreline protection or buffering from wave energy.
  • Bleached corals can be less visually appealing. In contrast to the vibrancy of healthy reefs, stark bleached reefs may be less attractive to divers, and may turn them away from traditionally popular diving sites. Of course, nobody wants to see dead corals and this loss of revenue from decreased tourist activity can threaten the livelihoods of local communities.
  • Where are the mostly affected reefs? (closest to north america)

    The Atlantic Ocean

    What animals are most affected?

    Fish and Coral.

    do coral reefs affect our lives in league city?

    No,

    because we don't live near any coral reefs.




    Are people affected by coral reefs?

    Yes, because the protect shores from the impact of waves and from storms; provide benifites to humans in the form of medicine.

    What causes the death of coral reefs?

    Coral reefs bleaching is caused by various anthropogenic and natural varitions in the reef enviroment including sea temperature, solar irradiance, and sedimentation

    What are the solutions that people have come up with for this issue?

    Conserve water, Help reduce poplution, use only ecological fertilizers, dispose of your trash properly, and support reef-friendly businesses.

    Ideas to help stop the death of coral reefs

    There isn't much we can do to prevent the death of coral reefs.