Death of Coral Reefs
By: Keagan Terry
Region of Coral Reefs
League City is not effected by coral reef deaths. League City isn't affected because it's not on the water so there's no way for coral reefs to effect us.
what live coral reefs look like
How People are Affected
We are affected physically because coral reefs can stop/ slow down storms. The coral reefs can slow down storms because they're closer to the surface than the sea floor. Because of the sometimes sudden incline, the storms can be slowed down and in some cases stopped. If the reefs died there wouldn't be anything to slow the storms down, so we would have less time to prepare for the oncoming storm.
How wildlife is affected
If coral reefs die off many species will be homeless, so they die off. When they die off the predators die off due to lack of food supply. The algae brings to grow at a tremendous rate due to the lack of predators. The algae won't have enough carbon dioxide to survive so they start to die too. When the algae dies, one of the worlds biggest oxygen providers goes with it. The majority of all wildlife is affected by coral reef deaths.
What dead coral reefs look like
Deforestation: When the trees are cut down, the topsoil becomes loose. The topsoil can fall into rivers and streams, which eventually flow out to the ocean. The soil can then smother the reefs and block out the sunlight that the coral needs to survive.
Oil Spills, Fertilizers, and Pesticides: These and many other chemicals are very poisonous to the coral living on the reefs. These chemicals get onto the ocean by contaminating runoff water after it rains.
Dredging and Careless Handling of Nets: The nets can get caught on the coral and can badly damage it. Dredging can destroy small parts of or in some cases most of a reef.
- Reduce pollution; Use cars less, ride a bike, walk or ride the bus.
- Use organic fertilizer; Organic fertilizers doesn't have chemicals that can harm the reefs.
- Plant a tree; Trees reduce the chance of topsoil washing into the water, they reduce runoff.
- Conserve water; The less water we use, the less contaminated water will end up in oceans.
My idea is actually really simple. We need to stop dredging and limit the amount of coastal development. We don't benefit from dredging and we don't need anything on the coast anyway. The piers and stores we build will eventually be shut down or go out of business anyway, so whats the point? The only thing we accomplish from building on the coast is killing and injuring innocent organisms. We need to stop building and dredging on the coasts, it might not save the reefs completely but it will at least give them a bigger chance of surviving. My plan could be put into action now, if we tried hard enough.
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