Coral Reefs Are The Lifeblood Of Our World Essay

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“The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing; or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel? It 's become a case of not knowing what you 've got until it 's gone” -Aaron Peirsol. Coral reefs have resided on earth longer than any living mammal. Recent research has shown, “Despite the natural ability to persist, many coral reef ecosystems are in poor health (Ferguson 46). As caretakers of the world, human beings should become familiar with Earth’s systems, such as the oceans and their coinciding reefs. They should also learn the impacts coral reefs have on their lives, as well as how life undeniably affect the reefs. Reefs are necessary for multiple life forms, particularly human beings. Primarily, three main factors benefit the overall human population: protection, food, and economy. However, if the inappropriate exploitation continues, certain ecosystems, such as the coral reefs, may be permanently lost.
Astonishingly, billions of tiny sea creatures create the beautiful structures, known to man as “coral reefs,” and they emerge across the vast expanses of the globe (See Figure 1). Due to their tropical nature, coral reefs exclusively materialize near the equator. Organisms, called polyps, produce external skeletons which combine over thousands of years to accumulate and form breathtaking reefs (Lynas 56). The reefs quickly become abundant…

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