Are Coral Reefs Facing Threat of Extinction? Draft #1

This topic submitted by Sadie Ferguson ( fergussm@miamioh.edu) at 12:49 PM on 4/4/05.

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Sea Slugs biodiversity and their precarious situation as a result of the multiple reasons Coral Reefs are Facing a Threat of Extinction

I have always been interested in sea slugs because of their intense coloring and unique lifestyle. In this project I hope to shed light on and learn more about their lifestyle and the threats they face because of coral reef pollution. I will also go into detail on the different ways in which current polluting of the coral reef populations are affecting sea slugs as well as other biota which inhabit the coral reefs.

Outline:
I- Introduction to Sea Slugs
A. Lifestyle
B. Physical Characteristics
C. Varieties
II- Pollution as a threat to coral reef life
A. Types of pollution
B. Direct effects on Sea Slugs
C. What changes must be made now to save coral reef life?


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Christopher, J. (2002). Pollution Puts Coral Reefs off Florida’s Coast in Peril. Christian Science Monitor, 49 (218), 12.

Raloff, J. (2005). Paint additive hammers coral. Science News, 167(13), 206-207.

Smithers, S. (2003). Coral Reefs in Crisis: Can the World’s Coral Reefs Survive?. Geodate, 16 (4), 1-4.

Weber, P. (1993). Coral Reefs Face the Threat of Extinction. USA Today Magazine, 121(2576), 62-66.


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