It seems our most fragile and
biologically diverse ecosystems, namely tropical rainforests and coral
reefs, are often overlooked and neglected by many people because the
majority of the world’s population is not located close enough to these
ecosystems to be directly affected by them on a daily basis. The importance of these areas
however goes far beyond the people who do live close to them. Your job is to investigate coral
reefs, the damage being done to them and why it is important to preserve
them, even if they are located thousands of kilometers away.
Part A: Research the Issue
Is coral living? Explain. Identify the kingdom, phylum, and class corals are found in.
is the most
important habitat feature of a coral reef?
List four reasons why coral reefs are
important. Search for
and document supporting information for each of these four reasons.
reefs provide a base for a delicate and diverse ecosystem. What are the major
threats to coral reefs.
the ways human actions
have adversely affected coral reefs.
effects does global
warming have on coral reefs?
reefs in the Philippines
are being destroyed by a deplorable method of fishing. Describe how they are
attempting to catch fish and how it is affecting the coral reef.
disturbances that can cause damage to coral reefs
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is respected world-wide as an
organization which has successfully managed one of the world’s most
important and diverse ecosystems.
They have developed a critical issues approach to protecting
the area. List the critical
issues they describe.
The protection plan for
coral reefs depends on many different levels of government, industry,
and community groups. Identify
different areas that need to be addressed to help ensure this
important biologically diverse ecosystem remains healthy.
Part B: Create a Presentation
information you have researched to create a slide show presentation using
Corel Presentations or PowerPoint which outlines the importance of coral
reefs, the damage being done to them, and what can be done to ensure the
preservation of coral reefs for many years to come.
Note: Photos which can be used
to enhance your presentation can be found at the following websites: