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Why do we need to protect coral reefs

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Introduction

Why do we need to protect coral reefs Coral reefs, the world's most beautiful habitats, have been called the rainforests of the oceans, because of the rich diversity of life they support. Coral reefs are the largest biological structures on the planet, with the largest being the Great Barrier Reef along the east coast of Australia. The reef is said to be many years old and is said to be visible from the moon. There is only one problem with this beautiful structure and that is the carelessness of man. ...read more.

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The reefs cover only about 1% of the earth's surface, yet contain 1/4 of all of the earth's species of fish. Amongst the reefs are complex food webs, and prey relationships. Algae growing on the coral are food for many herbivores. The coral itself is food to many species. The large number of plants and animals that inhabit the reef environment have evolved to cooperate and work with each other. It is this cooperation and dependency on each other that has helped this ecosystem to thrive. ...read more.

Conclusion

Coral reefs are one of the most interesting and important things on earth. If we don't stop destroying them then it will be just like we are increasing problems for ourselves as these reefs protects biodiversity of our lands, seas and oceans. This biodiversity is capable of providing earth with clean air and water. forests of the earth which are maintained by the coral reefs are also capable of recycling waste products of agricultural and industrial activity. So if we destroy coral leaves we destroy one of the sources of pure water and air and the earth will also lose its ability to recycle our wastes. ...read more.

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