Why Are Coral Reefs Important To The Ecosystem?

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Coral reefs are a vital part of an ecosystem. They represent the skeletons of algae and corals solidified into calcium carbonate. There are several different types of reef, including apron, fringing and table, depending on their relationship to the shore. In terms of the ecosystem, coral reefs support a huge amount of sea life by recycling nutrients in nutrient-low parts of the ocean, therefore providing life and health for the surrounding sealife, while also feeding off it to produce new reef formations. They also represent homes for various types of tropical fish, and other sea organisms, such as lobsters and sea turtles. Pollution and the live food fish have developed into serious threats to the delicate ecosystem balance that the coral reef inhabits. For example, if a forest is destroyed during coastal construction, the run-off of nutrients can saturate the waters and suffocate organisms adapted to a low nutrient environment. Similarly, excessive fishing, most notably using cyanide, destroys the structure of the reef and the organisms it depends on to sustain itself.
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Coral Reefs are important because thy provide protection and shelter to many organisims.
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Coral reefs are important to the ecosystem because they house thousands of species of marine life. We depend on the coral reefs for food & survival. They are also exquisite tourism places. Hope this helps !

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The main types of plants that are found in the coral reef environment are basically algae and sea grasses. These are the most important element in the entire reef ecosystem.
Coral reefs house at least 25% of life in the ocean. Animals use these as a shelter and these also are a prime source of food for them.
Corals are mainly associated with sea anemones, sea jellies, sea urchins, sponges, worms, rays, lobsters, snails etc. Today, we can see massive deterioration of the coral reefs. The causes however are uncertain.
Experts have proven the coral reefs are beneficial and they are also an important part of the ecosystem.
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They are the important part of the ecosystem as they are home to thousands of aquatic sea organisms and may be the source of chemicals, medicines and other sources of magical properties. They beautify the surroundings and maybe earn some revenue for the country when tourists flock there to see the beautiful coral reefs.

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