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Learning Zone

Welcome to the Global Reef Project’s learning zone. We've compiled a comprehensive collection of materials about coral reef ecosystems and threats in this section. Please help spread the word about the plight of coral reefs around the globe.

Coral reefs are diverse ecosystems

Coral reefs are home to an estimated 2 million species, corresponding to about 25% of the world’s marine life. Even though coral reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean surface, they make up one of the largest, most biologically diverse, and economically important ecosystems on the planet.
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Threats to coral reefs

As of 2001, over 57% of the world’s coral reefs were either dead (10%), dying (17%), or threatened (30%). Rapid population growth is driving up energy requirements, as well as production of industrial and agricultural waste. Marine environments are coming under increasing pressure from the consequence of these human activities. 
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Learning Gallery

Learn about different species of coral, and the organisms that are associated with coral reefs in our photo Gallery.
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Currently, the Global Reef Project is connecting with marine biologists to begin the process of identifying the most useful type of physical, chemical, and biological data, which will help scientists understand coral reef ecosystems.

If you are interested in the opportunity to have the Global Reef Project collect data on your behalf, or if you would like to collaborate to formulate a standardized protocol for data collection, please contact the Global Reef Project.

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