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U.S. coral reefs; imperiled national treasures

Fact Sheet 025-02

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Abstract

Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine species. However, the tiny colonial animals that build these intricate limestone masses are dying at alarming rates. If this trend continues, in 20 years the living corals on many of the world's reefs will be dead and the ecosystems that depend on them severely damaged. As part of the effort to protect our Nation's extensive reefs, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are working to better understand the processes that affect the health of these ecologically and economically important ecosystems.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
U.S. coral reefs; imperiled national treasures
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
025-02
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2002
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
4 p.