Coral Reefs (Draft #1)

This topic submitted by Patrick Potts ( at 2:18 PM on 4/3/05.

The Environmental Science Graduate Students at Watlings Castle, San Salvador, Bahamas.(TME 98)

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

In my paper, I will be examining the marine structures called coral reefs. My study will consider several different aspects of the coral reef system: an examination of the coral within the reef itself; the positive effects coral has on the reef ecosystem; the negative effects humans have had on coral reefs; and finally, how coral reefs fit in with the larger oceanic ecosystem.


I.) Introduction

II.) Coral Reefs
A.) Anatomy of a coral reef
B.) Various types of coral reefs
C.) Coral Reproduction

III.) Positive Effects of Coral within the Reef System
A.) Building reefs
B.) Sustaining reefs

IV.) Humans’ Destructive Effects on Coral Reefs
A.) Coastal development
B.) Marine pollution
C.) Overexploitation and destructive fishing
D.) Inland pollution and erosion

V.) Coral Reefs in Danger
A.) The reduction of coral reefs throughout the world
B.) Conservation methods

VI.) Coral Reefs Within the Larger Oceanic System
A.) “Rainforest” of the marine world
1.) Diversity
2.) Creatures
3.) Medicines

VII.) Conclusion


Davidson, Osha Gray. The Enchanted Brain. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998

An Introduction to Coral Reefs. Dr. Teresa Turner. March 25, 2005 .

Bryant, Burke, McManus, Spalding. Reefs At Risk. New York: World Resources Institute, 1998.

Voss, Gilbert. Coral Reefs Of Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, 1988.

Dubinsky, Z. Ecosystems of the World 25: Coral Reefs. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1990.

Wood, Rachel. Reef Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Corals. EduGreen. March 26, 2005 .

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