The seas of the tropical regions, where the water temperature is around 25 degrees, are an ideal environment for the madrepora: this name is used to indicate different varieties of animals, formed by hundreds of small polyps, belonging to the coelenterate type, that live in colonies with calcareous structures that branch into many different shapes. Many coral species live together and form a shelter for a large number of sea inhabitants such as the clownfish, surgeonfish, gigantic molluscs…. crustaceans, triggerfish and sea urchins are a few of the creatures that populate the coral barrier.

subjects dealt with in Coral Reef

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Coral Reef Biome

The barrier reef or simply “reef” is one of the ecosystems with the highest number of species in the world.…

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Man and coral reef

The first economic resource relating to this ecosystem is tourism. Almost all Tropical countries and many countries in the Indian…

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Coral reefs disappearing

In the south-east of Asia, people live mainly on fishing, but the systems used are often very harmful to the…

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How to protect the coral reefs

There are really hundreds of thousands of tourists going on holiday in places with reefs ever year and a large…

special reports

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

    8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 1 November 2007 / Ecosystems

    The environment and health

    Two faces of the same coin The topic of the relationship between the environment and health is very transversal, i.e.…

    13 October 2007 / Ecosystems

    Environmental risk in Nepal

    Institutional management The government institution in charge of management of natural resources in Nepal, is the Ministry of Population and…

    1 June 2007 / Ecosystems

    Nepal’s natural resources

    The country Morphological characteristics Nepal is a relatively small country with a total area of little less than 150,000 square…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

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    From game “preserves” to natural reserves

    In the old times, parks were set up as game "preserves" for the exclusive benefit of the upper classes: game…

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    Many people have studied the origins of these structures: the most famous is Charles Darwin (1809-1882), whose theory is still…

  • Farewell to turtles

    The hawksbill turtle certainly is a dying species: this reptile is not captured for its meat but for the so-called…

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