June 2, 1991 |
Coral reefs, the marine equivalent of tropical rain forests, are being seriously damaged across Southeast Asia and the Pacific and could become underwater deserts, scientists and development workers say. Pollution, mining and runaway tourism are among the main causes of the damage, they say, along with sedimentation produced by the erosion of land that results from indiscriminate logging.
January 20, 2011 |
In the Atlantic Ocean off Florida's coast, at 1,500 feet and deeper, the water is 45 degrees and pitch-black. Yet life thrives there. Scientists are just beginning to explore this vast secret of the deep: extensive coral reefs and the marine creatures that live there because of them. A mission in November explored more than 800 square miles of ocean, from Jacksonville to the Keys, confirming the existence of several deep-water reefs and charting new sites. Like the corals found in shallow, tropical reefs, deep-sea corals help form habitat for crabs, shrimp, fish and other marine life.
November 27, 2012 |
HANALEI, Hawaii - When compiling a list of places that may be described as paradise, Hanalei Bay on the rugged north shore of the island of Kauai surely qualifies. The perfect crescent bay, rimmed by palm trees, emerald cliffs and stretches of white sand, has always had a dreamy kind of appeal. It was on these shores that sailors in the movie "South Pacific" sang of the exotic but unattainable "Bali Ha'i. " The problem is what lies below the surface of the area's shimmering blue waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1991 |
The colorful coral reefs guarding the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia have turned white in recent months in what some scientists fear is a new signal of the dangers of global warming. Up to 90% of the coral on the outer slopes of Moorea's barrier reefs have lost their color since March, said French scientist Bernard Salvat, director of the Tropical Biology Center.
October 12, 1990 |
Upsurges in water temperature are primarily responsible for outbreaks of bleaching in the world's coral reefs and may signal global changes from a magnified greenhouse effect, scientists said Thursday. "The first proof of global warming may well come from the bleaching of the fragile and highly sensitive coral reef system," Ernest H.
October 15, 2006 |
EXPLORE Tanzania, including Zanzibar and little-known Chumbe Island, on an 11-night trip that departs Feb. 16. Travelers visit Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Dar es Salaam. They tour old palaces and spice markets in Zanzibar and snorkel and hike on Chumbe Island. The group visits Seacology project sites on Chumbe, including an installation that protects the Chumbe Island Coral Park, a pristine coral reef preserve extending into the Indian Ocean.