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New ReefQuest Video!

ReefQuest member and friend Max Beck has created a new PSA on ReefQuest. We think he did a fabolous job. Thank you so much Max. Enjoy everyone!



Added by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What is this thing called Ecology?

This module is designed to be used by both teachers/educators and students. Throughout the module certain sections are labeled "ADVANCED" and they are generally written for teachers or educators to gain greater depth of understanding the topics. Students in 10-12 grade can also use these sections to go in greater depth on the subject materials. Sections of this module are identified as…


Added by Maurizio Vecchione on November 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Coral Watch Coral Bleaching Survey Activity Guide

Welcome Citizen Scientists!

Rising water temperatures as well as ocean acidification are a major contributor to  coral bleaching events. Get involved in our Coral Watch Activity to monitor and protect coral reefs using our Virtual Reef. To learn more about global warming and coral…


Added by Maurizio Vecchione on November 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Climate Change and Coral Reefs

Rising tides, temperatures and costs to reef communities

Over the last twenty years, human-induced climate change and global warming have become areas of growing concern for scientists, environmentalists, and public policy makers. While research into the causes and impact of climate change continues, it is becoming increasingly clear that coral reefs are among those environments most threatened by this phenomenon. An increase in sea surface temperatures, rising…


Added by Dylan Vecchione on October 19, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Coral Reef Overview

What is a coral reef?

Coral reefs are massive structures made of limestone deposited by living things. Although thousands of species inhabit coral reefs, only a fraction produce the limestone that builds the reef. The most important reef-building organisms are the corals.

Coral reefs support approximately 25 percent of all known marine species. As one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs are home to more than 4,000 species of fish,…


Added by Dylan Vecchione on October 19, 2011 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Why Care about Coral Reefs?

Why Care about Coral Reefs?


Healthy Coral Reefs = A Healthy World

Coral reefs are one of the most spectacular and fragile of underwater environments, covering less than one percent of the ocean floor but supporting an estimated 25 percent of all marine life. Even though they are located in the tropics, coral reefs benefit people and the natural world far beyond their boundaries. Coral reefs are in trouble around the globe: 11 percent of the world’s…


Added by Dylan Vecchione on October 19, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How to use the ReefQuest Virtual Reef Activity Guide

Are you ready to take a virtual dive on the Virtual Reef?  The Virtual Reef is an innovative online tool that, for the first time ever, has imaged in high fidelity and in panoramic 3D, underwater sections of coral reefs around the world. Learn more about the Virtual Reef and how we came to build it. This Activity Guide will teach how to use and…


Added by Maurizio Vecchione on October 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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