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Complicated Kingdom: Inside Tropical Reefs

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Complicated Kingdom: Inside Tropical Reefs
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Coral biologist Randi Rotjan discusses the complicated nature of reef systems. Coral reefs are justifiably famous for their beauty and spectacular biodiversity, which certainly matches and possibly exceeds that of tropical rainforests. Unfortunately, coral reefs are in decline worldwide due to both natural and human impacts. These impacts have had particularly adverse effects on hard corals, which are the major architects responsible for building reefs. Because their structure provides habitat for a high diversity of other reef creatures, maintaining healthy corals is the key to conserving coral reef biodiversity.moreless
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