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Title: Coral reef destruction.
Name(s): Lapointe, Brian E.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Date Issued: 2000
Publisher: National Academy Press
Place of Publication: Washington, DC
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 5 p.
Language(s): English
Identifier: FA00007316 (IID)
Note(s): Coral reefs are among the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world. They grow as a thin veneer of living coral tissue on the outside of the hermatypic (reef-forming) coral skeleton. The world's major coral reef ecosystems are found in nutrient-poor surface waters in the tropics and subtropics. Early references to coral reef ecosystems preferring or "thriving" in areas of upwelling or other nutrient sources have since been shown to be incorrect (Hubbard, D. 1997). Rather, high nutrient levels generally are detrimental to '!reef health" (Kinsey and Davies 1979) and lead to phase shifts away from corals and coralline algae toward dominance by algal turf or macroalgae (Lapointe 1999).
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution 1358
This manuscript is an author version with the final publication available and may be cited as: Lapointe, B. E. (2000). Coral reef destruction. In Clean coastal waters: understanding and reducing the effects of nutrient pollution (pp.101-103). Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
Subject(s): Coral reef ecology
Coral declines
Nutrient pollution of water
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