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Virtual reality assesses coral reef recovery after bleaching

Around the world corals are in danger. While different measures are being taken to protect corals, assessing how effective these measures are is not straightforward. New research shows how virtual reality can assist with assessing ecological actions.

Essential Science: New reef atlas gives baseline for coral health

The health of corals is important for ensuring the biodiversity of the oceans. The health of corals provides a key performance indicator of the health of the planet, especially in relation to climate change. A new digital map illustrates this importance.

The muddy waters of the Amazon have been hiding a huge coral reef

An astonishing discovery has been made, and while a river's muddy waters have long hid it, there is a massive coral reef 600 miles in length at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil.

Is herpes killing our coral reefs?

Scientists are seeing a decline in coral reefs worldwide, but pinpointing why it’s happening has been a challenge. Now scientists are turning their focus toward looking at diseases as the cause; specifically the herpes virus.

Philippines mulls $1 million penalty for coral reef destruction

The owners of a Panamanian-registered cargo ship that ran aground off the coast of Sarangani province in the Philippines may be asked to pay at least $1 million for damaging the reef in a protected area of the country.

Snorkeling on coral reef, off-shore Cairns, Qld., Australia Special

Cairns - Everyone can find these tourist offers while wandering the streets of Cairns, especially The Esplanade Street along the beach. The offers go for about $AUS60 on average. Diving equipment costs additionally $AU20-30 at the time of booking.

Live Green, Die Green - The Eco-friendly funeral Special

Considering an eco-afterlife? A "Green Burial" will return your remains to the earth naturally and avoids embalming, toxic chemicals, metal caskets and burial vaults. Eco-friendly burial at sea is another option for those dying to go green.

New underwater sculpture park aims to save Mexico's coral reef

It's called an underwater museum, but the purpose of this unique underwater sculpture park off the coast of Mexico is to protect existing coral reefs from tourists.
 

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The reserve mapped out by President Obama is approximately three times the size of California.
The reserve mapped out by President Obama is approximately three times the size of California.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida s coral reefs  already bleached by years of warming ocean waters  are being further battered...
Florida's coral reefs, already bleached by years of warming ocean waters, are being further battered by a mysterious disease.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida’s coral reefs are experiencing a multi-year outbreak of coral disease.
Florida’s coral reefs are experiencing a multi-year outbreak of coral disease.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral reefs are places that naturally process some chemicals out of the environment and new research...
Coral reefs are places that naturally process some chemicals out of the environment and new research tells us about the role other organisms play.
Gary Rinaldi
Clownfish on the Great Barrier Reef (tropposnello/flickr).
Clownfish on the Great Barrier Reef (tropposnello/flickr).
tropposnello/flickr
Map of the Amazon showing the main structural traits of the reefs in the  Northern  Central and Sout...
Map of the Amazon showing the main structural traits of the reefs in the Northern, Central and Southern sectors of the reefs.
Patricia Yager et. al.
One of the early coral specimens retrieved by the researchers.
One of the early coral specimens retrieved by the researchers.
Patricia Yager
The brown color in the photo shows the muddy discharge from the mouth of the Amazon River.
The brown color in the photo shows the muddy discharge from the mouth of the Amazon River.
NASA/EOS satellite
Notice the green slimy-looking stuff on the coral at the left? The coral vomits the algae out as it ...
Notice the green slimy-looking stuff on the coral at the left? The coral vomits the algae out as it is dying.
BBC

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