This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the content area. When corals are stressed, they release their algal partners and turn white, a phenomenon called coral bleaching. This occurs when they are under stress from warming waters or other environmental factors. Researchers monitored reefs in the Seychelles during and after coral bleaching events, and found that several factors, including depth of growth, branching shape, nutrient levels, and amount of fish grazing accurately predicted whether reefs were likely to recover from these events. Human impacts such as sediment or nutrient run-off also affect the corals' resiliency.
Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: coral reefs, global warming; climate change, human impacts, coral bleaching, biotic factors, abiotic factors
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Name of Author/Source: David Biello
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Florida State University
Access Privileges: Public
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