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Reef scapes Small coral reef on sandy bottom. Maldives. Underwater,coral reef,maldives,school of fish Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Reef scapes

Small coral reef on sandy bottom. Maldives.

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  1. Suchs wonderful scenery, like the colors! Posted 9 years ago
  2. Honoring World Oceans Day! From JungleDragon's Facebook post:
    "What better way to honor World Oceans Day than with this enchanting photo of a coral reef! Coral reefs are the most diverse marine ecosystem with 25% of all marine life depending on them for food and shelter. This statistic is remarkable considering reefs cover less than 1% of the earth’s surface! They have been home to some of the most captivating creatures in the world with the crystal clear ocean waters bursting with the colors and abundant life of the coral reef. Coral reefs have immense value for humans. They supply food, tourism opportunities, protection from storms, medicine, and jobs, all of which combine to provide billions of dollars annually.

    Sadly, coral reefs are currently facing a disturbing crisis in which human actions are pushing these ecosystems into oblivion. Many reefs around the world have been transformed into haunting, zombie-like ecosystems. They are neither alive nor dead, but they are on course to completely collapse within one human generation. These rainforests of the ocean with their storehouses of biodiversity will become ecosystems laid bare if action is not taken swiftly. Among the greatest threats to reefs are climate change, destructive fishing techniques, overfishing, careless tourism, and pollution. In particular, climate change alters ocean temperatures, and when coral sits in water that is too warm, it gets stressed, and expels the algae that provide it with 90% of its food; the coral then starves and eventually dies. This process is known as coral bleaching. Furthermore, pollution, in the form of urban and industrial waste is poisoning reefs. Some pollutants, such as sewage and farm runoff, increase the levels of nitrogen in the water, which causes an overgrowth of slimy algae. The algae then smothers the reefs by cutting off their sunlight.

    And yet, despite these seemingly overwhelming challenges, there is still hope. It would be a global tragedy to see these hot spots of biodiversity destroyed. Recovery can take a long time, but by changing destructive practices and protecting our precious coral reefs, these resilient ecosystems may yet be salvaged. {Photo taken in the Maldives by JungleDragon user Andrey Narchuk}"
    Posted 2 years ago
  3. This would make a great poster for a university dormroom. Posted 2 years ago

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By Andrey Narchuk

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Uploaded Oct 6, 2011. Captured Sep 7, 2011 14:43.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/7.1
  • 1/125s
  • ISO200
  • 15mm