Tropical Coral Reefs

By Raphael Rodriguez And William Paredes

Floridas Coral Reefs

Many coral reefs grow at rates of 1cm to 100cm a year. They form amazing structures which make them the largest and oldest living systems in the world.

Florida has a 150 miles long and 4 miles wide extensive shallow reefs near its coast.

They take hundreds of thousands of years to form and can turn out to be beutifully structured.

  • Floridas coral reefs are made composed of barrier reefs and patch reefs which is the only living reefs in North america.
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Abiotic factors about Floridas corals reef

The coral reefs is an aquatic ecosystem made up of coral reefs which are mostly made from coral stones. The average depends on the temperature of Florida, if the temperature in summer 70-80 F then it will effect what the temperature of the water will turn out. The coral reefs are located in saltwater. The coral reefs focus on sunlight and other types of food in the water.Many effects have have changed the coral reefs such as climate change and many people are trying to rebuild the coral reefs.

Biotic factors about Floridas coral reefs

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Classification of Caribbean reef shark


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharhinidae

Genus: Carcharhinus

Species: C. perezii

How Does Tropical Coral Reefs Effects Human Ecosystem

Coral reefs benefit the environment and people in numerous ways. For example, they

  • Protect shores from the impact of waves and from storms;
  • Provide benefits to humans in the form of food and medicine;
  • Provide economic benefits to local communities from tourism
  • Fishing, boating, snorkeling, Diving, and swimming.

Human Negative Impacts On Coral Reefs.

  • Chemical Pollution

  • Nutrients Loading/Sewage

  • Overfishing

  • Destructive fishing and boating practices

  • Construction and Sedimentation

  • Mangrove cutting

  • Tourists

  • Fish-feeding