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Coral Reefs. The Great Barrier Reef. Largest coral reef in the world ... Coral Reef. Matter and Energy in an Ecosystem. Indiana Science pg 208-213 ...

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Coral Reefs

Peterson, Science


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Coral Reefs

  • In General

    • Made from coral larva polyps attaching to a solid surface, reproducing, and leaving an exoskeleton.


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Coral Reefs

  • They are like other cnidarians in these ways:

    • Live in salt water

    • Carnivores

    • Polyp shaped body with tentacles

    • Use chemicals for defense

    • Reproduce asexually and sexually


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Coral Reefs

  • Some other facts include:

    • Delicate

      • Can’t live in temperatures below 70F.

      • Will die if water levels rise too high for light to reach them.

    • Can be very old: some are 100 million years old


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Coral Reefs

  • The Great Barrier Reef

    • Largest coral reef in the world

    • Off the coast of Australia

    • Over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) long

    • Largest structure ever built by living creatures


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Coral Reef

  • Matter and Energy in an Ecosystem

    • Indiana Science pg 208-213


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