Tag Archives: Coral Reef

The Last of The Sea Nomads

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Photo source: ©© Franck Vervial

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As the Malay Bajau people risk destroying the reefs that sustain them, photographer James Morgan captures a centuries-old culture.

Diana is one of the world’s last marine nomads; a member of the Bajau ethnic group, a Malay people who have lived at sea for centuries, plying a tract of ocean between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Over generations, the Bajau adapted to their maritime environment and, though marginalised, their knowledge was revered by the great Malay sultans, who counted on them to establish and protect trade routes…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

James Morgan, Photo Gallery

Caribbean Reef Ecosystems May Not Survive Repeated Stress

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NOAA diver with a one square meter quadrat examining a bleached reef (Montastraea) colony in St. Croix.

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Coral reefs suffered record losses as a consequence of high ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean in 2005 according to the most comprehensive documentation of basin-scale bleaching to date. Collaborators from 22 countries report that more than 80 percent of surveyed corals bleached and over 40 percent of the total surveyed died, making this the most severe bleaching event ever recorded in the basin.

The study appears in PLoS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication…

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Rare Cold Water Coral Discovered off the Coast of Mauritania

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Mauritania has 750Km of Atlantic coast line. The Bay of Nouadhibou, hides one of the biggest ships cemeteries in the world. There are more than 300 wrecks coming from all nations. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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A rare cold water coral reef has been discovered off the coast of Mauritania in Northern Africa, the first time such a reef has been found this far south, according to a new report.

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Shipwrecks Wrecking Coral reef ?

Third Nuclear Power Plant Discharge Destroying Kenting’s Reefs

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Taiwan Nuclear Power Plant 3, Hengchun County, Kenting Park, seen from South Bay. Photo source: ©© Chao-Wei Juan

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Thermal discharge from the Third Nuclear Power Plant is behind the rapid destruction of Kenting National Park’s coral reef, a marine researcher said, warning that the reef’s disappearance would jeopardize the fishing industry and ecosystem…

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Scientists find damage to coral near BP well

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The large areas of darkened coral and other damaged marine organisms were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxic substances, scientists said.
Image Source: Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER and BOEMRE.

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For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well, a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.

The corals were discovered by scientists aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel using a submersible robot equipped with cameras and sampling tools…

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Call to Heal World’s Reefs

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The future of Australia’s and the world’s coral reefs was the focus of a major scientific symposium in Canberra on October 7 and 8, at the Australian Academy of Science’s Shine Dome. A public forum was held at the National Museum of Australia on October 7…

Read Full Article, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, ARC

Coral Reef and Planet’s Changing Sea Levels

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Australia’s Great Barrier of Reef traces a graceful 1,250-mile-long (2,000-kilometer-long) arc off the nation’s northeast coast. This largest of all coral habitats covers an area larger than Poland, and is made up of some 2,800 separate reefs.

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A voyage to the outer edges of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has brought back pieces of an ancient, fossilized ancestor to the vast, living ecosystem.

This fossilized coral reef was alive about 20,000 years ago, during the height of the last glacial period, a time when Earth was around 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) cooler than it is now, and the city of Chicago was buried beneath an ice sheet almost 2 miles (3 kilometers) thick.

By studying this ancient coral, scientists are hoping to put together the most accurate picture yet of how sea levels have changed over thousands of years, data that can help inform projections of how sea levels may change in the future…

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Tiny Gulf Sea Creature Could Shed Light on Oil Spill’s Impact

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Extensive tarballs are visible in the foreground and surf zone in this image from Gulf Islands National Seashore, Flor., shot on July 1, 2010. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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A University of Alabama molecular biologist will soon bring dozens of tiny, transparent animals that live in Gulf Coast waters back to his campus laboratory as part of an effort to better understand the oil spill’s long-term impact on the coastal environment and creatures living there…

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