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Threats to Coral Reefs

Threats to Coral Reefs

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  1. Threats to Coral Reefs Natural and Human

  2. Threats from Nature • Unusually strong waves such as those from a hurricane • Water temperature changes • Dramatic changes in saltiness of water • Predators, such as snails and crown of thorns starfish • Overgrowth of algae

  3. Coral-eating Snails

  4. Crown of Thorns Starfish

  5. Threats from Humans • Pollution • Sediments block light from zooxanthellae • Chemicals either poison corals or allow too much algae to grow • Power plants • Filter water and kill fish and plankton • Releasing hot water kills organisms

  6. Pollution

  7. Power Plants

  8. More Threats from Humans • Deforestation • Causes erosion which clouds the water • Burning of trees could be a factor in climate change • Destructive fishing • Blasting with dynamite • Cyanide poison • Boats running aground, anchors • Overfishing

  9. It’s up to Us to Save Coral Reefs Be Responsible.