The Chemistry of Coral Reefs(Draft #1)

This topic submitted by Jennifer Guard ( uscgirl06@yahoo.com) at 11:06 PM on 4/3/04.

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The most important aspect of coral reefs and any body of water is its chemistry. Knowing about how the carbon and other cycles in the ocean work can help people to better understand the biological processes. The chemicals and nutrients in the water can help or hinder the growth of marine life. So I will be teaching the class about the chemistry of coral reefs and the oceans. I feel this topic is essential in understanding any of the processes occuring in the oceans.


I. Introduction
A. Why is it important to know the chemistry
B. Why you benefit from understanding the chemistry
C. Chemistry linked to


II. Cycles in the Ocean
A. Carbon
B. Oxygen
C. Sodium and Cloride
D. Silicates and Nitrates
E. Nutrients
F. Others


III. Chemistry of the Oceans
A. What makes up the oceans
B. Limiting nutrients and chemicals?
C. Excess chemicals and nutrients?


IV. Chemistry of Coral Reefs
A. What makes up the corals
B. Limiting nutrients and chemicals?
C. Excess chemicals and nutrients?


Resources:
Baker, B. Marine Chemical Ecology. 2001. CRC Press. Boca Raton.
Bertness, M. Marine Community Ecology. 2001. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Masssachusetts.
Davidson, O. The Enchanted Braid. 1998. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York.
Dubinsky, Z. Ecosystems of the World 25: Coral Reefs. 1990. Elsevier. Oxford.
Kaplan, E. Southeastern and Caribbean Seashores. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston.
Wood, R. Reef Evolution. 1999. Oxford University Press. Oxford.


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