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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 Build an Island

This interactive feature explains Darwin's theory of how low-lying coral islands called atolls form in tropical seas from once-towering volcanoes. Flash is required to view the content.

View Resource Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

Web page of the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, provides information for visitors, exhibit information, schedules, and volunteer, sponsorship, and internship opportunities. Also features online activities and a virtual tour. The GBRA features the world's largest open-air coral reef aquarium. Reef HQ is the Reef Education Center for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Located...

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 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.

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