NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Website is full of data for anyone interested in bleaching events around the world. "Coral reefs are essential spawning, nursery, breeding, and feeding grounds for numerous organisms. In terms of biodiversity, the variety of species living on a coral reef is greater than in any other shallow-water marine ecosystems and is one of the most diverse on the planet, yet coral reefs cover less than one tenth of one percent of the ocean floor."
It’s past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.
Coral Reef Ecosystems and their Future - Science Reading Article - Grades 5-7 The reading looks at: - What are coral? - Coral reefs help other living things - What damages coral reefs? - How can we help the coral reefs? - Coral reef interesting facts