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Coral Reef. KM C Z. Geographic Location. Coral reefs are found in warm water. The reef temperature cannot drop anymore than 18 degrees. Coral reefs are usually found off the coast of Florida, the Caribbean and Brazil. The Coral reef is a part of the phylum Cnidaria . .
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Coral Reef KM C Z
Geographic Location • Coral reefs are found in warm water. • The reef temperature cannot drop anymore than 18 degrees. • Coral reefs are usually found off the coast of Florida, the Caribbean and Brazil. • The Coral reef is a part of the phylum Cnidaria.
Reproduction • Corals reproduce sexually and asexually. • This occurs by fragments breaking off and starting their own colony. • Spawning is most successful when there is little variation between high and low tides. • This event of sexual reproduction is called synchronous.
Plants and Animals • There are many different variations of fish that make their way through the coral reef. • There are also many seasnakes that wander through the area. • Coral reefs are also home to many marine algae.
Abiotic factors • Temperature: Coral reefs thrive in water temperatures of 77-84 degrees F. • Nutrients: Corals survive only in clear water that does not have much sediment in it. • Light: Coral Reefs need algae to survive and algae needs light to carry on. • Depth: Corals live in shallow water and are usually found in a depth of 60 meters. Ahermatypic corals are much deeper
Resources • http://www.thewildclassroom.com/biomes/coralreef.htm • http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ • http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/marinebio/coralreef.html