Category Archives: Tropical Marine Biology

Coastal Erosion

What is beach erosion? “Beach Erosion” by versageek licensed under CC by 2.0 Beach erosion occurs when waves and currents remove sand from the beach. The loss of sand causes the beaches to become narrow and lower in elevation. Storm … Continue reading

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Seagrass

What is a seagrass? “Seagrass Halodule uninervis” by Wikimedia Commons licensed by CC by 2.0 Many of us make think a seagrass is seaweed, but it is not. Seagrasses belong to a group of plants called monocotyledons. This group contains … Continue reading

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Mangroves

What is a mangrove? “Mangroves” by Pat (Cletch) Williams licensed by CC by 2.0 Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that live in the coastal intertidal zone. Many mangrove forests can be recognized by their dense tangle of … Continue reading

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Reef Conservation Groups

There are plenty of different organizations that want to help protect the coral reefs. In this blog I will talk about a few of the organizations that are working to help conserve the reefs. Coral Reef Alliance This organization was … Continue reading

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Coral Bleaching

What is Coral Bleaching? “Coral bleaching in the Gulf of Thaialnd_01” by Eco Cafe’ Phuket licensed by CC by 2.0 warmer water temperature is what causes coral bleaching. When the water is too warm, corals will expel the algae (zooxanthellae) … Continue reading

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Coral Mining

…Yes that is correct, coral can mined. Personally, I did not believe it when I was looking into this topic. But yes, coral mining is a threat the coral reefs around us. You are probably wondering, what is coral mining … Continue reading

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Reef Distribution

Reef Formation Fringing Reefs: Grow near the coastline around different islands and are separated from the shore by narrow shallow lagoons. These reefs are the most common reefs that are seen and are located in the tropics. Barrier Reefs: These … Continue reading

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