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View Resource Coral Calamity

This radio broadcast discusses a study of coral reefs near Belize, which has revealed that they are dying from emergent diseases connected with water pollution and global warming. A marine scientist who led the study points out that these problems appeared only in the last 20 or 30 years. The clip is 2 minutes in length.

View Resource Surviving the Tsunami

In this radio broadcast, a researcher describes his investigations into the damage sustained by coral reef communities that were swept by the tsunami that devastated Indian Ocean coastlines in December 2004. He describes the damage as surprisingly light, as long as the coral was strongly anchored, and points out that long-term destruction of coral by human activities is far more severe than...

View Resource Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine

The Smithsonian has produced this excellent resource that compares the rocky shore environment of Maine to the coral reef environment of the Caribbean. The materials compare these two unique marine ecosystems. Lesson plans are on the webpages, and maps and activity sheets are available in PDF format.

View Resource Ocean World

Developed and maintained by the Jason Education Project at the Texas A&M University, this comprehensive site has educational information and activities on weather, foraminifera, coral reefs, satellites, El Nino, ice ages, fisheries, waves, icebergs and currents. A wealth of student and educator resources is available. Teacher resources include a crash-course in oceanography, a section on using...

View Resource Aquarius Lesson Plans

These lesson plans in life sciences, physical science, chemistry and engineering link to projects of FIU's Aquarius undersea research station. Topics include: impacts of buoyancy, pressure and light on underwater research; effects of physical oceanography on coral reefs; effects of water temperature on the coral/zooxanthellae symbiosis; engineering of AUVs; fish survey techniques; chemical...

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