Your Online Guide to the World of the Coral Reef

Coral Reef Facts

by William Alevizon Last Modified

Coral reefs are among the most beautiful and productive of all oceanic environments.

coral reef

These undersea palaces are home to more different kinds of marine life than any other type of marine ecosystem.

Coral reefs also provide many valuable services to humans. Food, shoreline protection, and medicines are just a few of these benefits. And for those wishing to experience marine life up close and personal, there is no better place to visit.

What Coral Reef Facts Can I Learn Here?

Our website is organized around three broad topic areas:

1. Marine Life

This section summarily describes the main kinds of living things that make up the coral reef community, the main pathways of energy and materials through the ecosystem, and the different reef habitats they occupy.

2. Coral Reef Structure

This section describes:

3. Coral Reef Distribution

Here we explore the factors that determine the global distribution of coral reefs, and look at each of the three great regions of coral reef development.

Explore Coral Reefs With Us

Coral reefs are experiencing a rapid decline in ecosystem health in most locations in which they once thrived. Much of this problem is the direct or indirect result of human activities.

reef panorama

We all need to better understand the nature and importance of these vital marine resources if we are to act to prevent further decline and assist in coral reef recovery efforts.

Our website aims to provide visitors of a all ages with an introduction to coral reef science. The website has been prepared and maintained in its entirety by a professional marine biologist and educator.

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