LIFE GOES ON
Why are corals reef important to the environment?
Since the beginning of time, the end of life has been part of the natural cycle that perpetuates all the living things that surround us here on earth. The ocean plays a substantial role in this endless cycle both in the sea and on land. The earth's weather and seasons are tied inseparably to the water that covers three quarters of it's surface.
Beneath the surface of the oceans in the most vibrant life-filled environment on earth is a deep, vast world that is as ancient as life itself. Plants and sea life are constantly renewed under the eternal wash of winds, tides, and currents. Nowhere is the continuous cycle of life more apparent than the reefs and the depths of the sea.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Coral polyps, responsible for building reefs, can take many forms. They create large reef building colonies, graceful flowing fans, and even small organisms. Thousands of species of corals have been discovered; some live in warm, shallow, tropical seas and others in the cold, dark depths of the ocean. Not only do they provide refuge for undersea creatures, but also contribute many fascinating discoveries such as medicine.