Coral Reef Bleaching Causes and Consequences

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Coral Reef Bleaching

I. Coral Reef Systems
A. reef composition
B. how reefs function

II. Bleaching
A. discovery of extensive bleaching in 1987
B. environmental stressors that cause bleaching
C. debate over global warming as cause of bleaching
D. uncertainties

III. Impact of Bleaching
A. ecosystems
B. island protection
C. tourism and economies
IV. How do we deal with bleaching?
A. long-term monitoring
B. regional management

Brown, B. and J. Ogden. "Coral Bleaching." Scientific American.
Jan. 1993, pp.64-70.
Hierta, E. "Rescuing the reef." National Parks. Nov./Dec. 1994,
Roberts, L. "Warm waters, bleached corals." Science. Oct. 12, 1990
p. 213.
Tangley, L. "White plague." Earthwatch. April 1991, pp. 25-31.
Weber, P. "Coral reefs face the threat of extinction." USA Today
Magazine. May 1993, pp. 62-65.

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