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Coral reefs at risks

Coral reefs at risks

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Uploaded 16 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2009
From collection: Vital Water Graphics 2
Author: Phillippe Rekacewicz, February 2006
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There are two distinct regions in which coral reefs are primarily distributed: the Wider Caribbean (Atlantic Ocean) and the Indo-Pacific (from East Africa and the Red Sea to the Central Pacific Ocean). - The diversity of coral is far greater in the Indo-Pacific, particularly around Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. Many other groups of marine fauna show similar patterns, with a much greater diversity in the Indo-Pacific region. - Although they possess a smaller number of species the corals of the Atlantic are still unique, with few common species between the two regions (Spalding et al., 2001). Major threats to the world’s coral reefs include overexploitation and coastal development. This graphic explains the activities or conditions that threaten the world’s various reefs, and shows the global distribution of destroyed coral reefs. In addition, the global warming that the world is beginning to experience is likely to have a major impact on coastal and marine env ...
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