The Stress of Pollution on Bahamian Ecosystems

This topic submitted by Molly Thomas ( thomasm8@miamioh.edu) at 2:45 PM on 4/1/05.

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Cause and Effect of Coastal Pollution
The Bahamas are a region of great beauty, but like most places these days, pollution runs rampant and plagues this area of extensive diversity. Tourists frequent the area and account for a massive part of the country's economy, but what most travelers aren't aware of is the drastic effects that the resort industry has on the area. I hope to discuss the different types of air, water, and land pollution that is taking place right now, as well as what the people of the Bahamas are doing to alleviate the detrimental results. Also, I'd like to bring to light what tourists can do to make sure their money will benefit these islands by practicing ecotourism.

I. Introduction to Bahamas
II. Economy
a.Agriculture
b.Tourism
III. Types of Species and Diversity
IV. Pollution
a.Air
b.Water
c.Land
V. People of the Bahamas
VI. Ecotourism
VII. Damage to Marine Areas on a Larger Scale
a. Possible Solutions
b. Conclusion

Bahamian reef survey
Earthwatch: The Journal of Earthwatch Institute; Jul/Aug95, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p29, 1/6p

Coral reef habitat discrimination using multivariate spectral analysis and satellite remote sensing
International Journal of Remote Sensing; 7/10/2003, Vol. 24 Issue 13, p2627, 13p

Islands: Paradise or Parasites?
Earthwatch Institute Journal, Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p3, 1p

Pollutants continue to pose problems to the environment
http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/bahamasweb2/home.nsf/vContentW/GOV

Predictive Modeling Solves Salt Water Intrusion Problems
Water Engineering & Management, May99, Vol. 146 Issue 5, p10, 1p

Sea, Land-Based Pollution Among Key Environment Threats to Caribbean Islands
http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/pressrels/2005/envdev808.html

Testing a model for assessing and mitigating damage to nearshore habitats
Earthwatch Institute Journal, 2003-2004 Research & Exploration, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p39, 1p


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