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Originally posted by Zaphod58
This is the third thread on it, and I'll say the same thing here I did in the other two.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by deltaalphanovember
Okay, and on that note...I think there is some home improvement work I've been putting off for the afternoon heat. Hi Ho, Hi ho, it's off to burn like a turkey I go. lol
(Hops off mumbling something about how it *CAN* be that big..in real amazement )
Originally posted by Hushabye
In my opinion, that reef and the waters it lives in are more important than the planes, and the crews' lives.
But eh- humans are the most precious thing on the planet, huh?
Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems on Earth.
Coral reefs support a phenomenal diversity of species and provide irreplaceable sources of food and shelter. Tropical rainforests play a similar role on the land.
Coral reef ecosystems support a variety of human needs. They are important for subsistence, fisheries, tourism, shoreline protection, and yield compounds that are important in the development of new medicines.
Corals are an integral part of the reef and are especially vulnerable to human activities and to climate-related threats, such as mass bleaching and disease.
Human activities such as trampling, destructive fishing techniques (e.g., poison, dynamite), and anchoring can physically destroy or kill the coral, resulting in reef death.
Upland activities such as deforestation and fertilizer use can smother and kill downstream corals.
Corals have shown remarkable resilience through major climate events and sea level changes, giving hope for their continued survival.
Coral reefs form natural barriers that protect nearby shorelines from the eroding forces of the sea, thereby protecting coastal dwellings, agricultural land and beaches.
Coral reefs have been used in the treatment of cancer, HIV, cardiovascular diseases, ulcers, and other ailments.
Although coral reefs cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, they are home to 25% of all marine fish species.1
At least 500 million people rely on coral reefs for food, coastal protection, and livelihoods.2
It is estimated that coral reefs provide $375 billion per year around the world in goods and services.
Estimates are that 20% of the world’s coral reefs have been effectively destroyed in the last few decades and an additional 20% or more are severely degraded, particularly in the Caribbean Sea and Southeast Asia.3