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The Ocean's Wilting Botanical Gardens

by Sandra Ning, Terra Linda HS

A coral reef in Fiji.  (source)
   Almost everyone has seen a coral reef. Whether immersed in the warm waters of the tropics, or staring wistfully at the enticing commercials on television, the gently waving anemones and the masquerade of tropical fish have long been lauded as one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
   However, the amount of healthy coral reefs is decreasing rapidly. Pictures of colorful corals populated with their lively inhabitants are becoming less and less representative as coral reefs are systematically destroyed worldwide. Images of barren seafloors, strewn with bone-white coral remains and not a single fish in sight are becoming more and more accurate.
   So, why are coral reefs disappearing? Dynamite fishing, trawling, tourism, and global warming all take some responsibility.

   Dynamite fishing is exactly what it sounds like—using explosives to stun and capture fish. It has a severe and very literal impact on coral reefs,…

Homeless Nemo

by Joshua Leung, Tamalpais HS
Homeless NemoWhat Does the Future Hold for Coral Reef Communities?
With Vania Coelho, Ph.D. of Dominican University
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 7:30 - 8:30 p, Terra Linda High School. Room 207 320 Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
Marin Science Seminar for Teens & Community: “Homeless Nemo: What Does the Future Hold for Coral Reef Communities?” with Vania Coelho PhD of Dominican University Coral reefs are undoubtedly among the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Studies predict that without increased conservation and restoration efforts a complete collapse is only a few decades away. This talk will focus on the current status of coral reefs around the world, including threats to them and the consequences of those threats. Dr. Coelho holds degrees in Biology, Ecology and Zoology and she completed doctoral research while working as a visiting scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. After completing her doctorate …