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Changing Planet: Fading Corals
http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/changing_planet/fading_corals_intro.html

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This video provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of coral reefs, the physiology of corals, and the impacts of both ocean warming and acidification on coral survival. It highlights experts from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the University of Miami.

Video length: 6:04 min.

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The chemistry of ocean water is changed by absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is causing ocean water to become more acidic, threatening the survival of shell-building marine species and the entire food web of which they are a part.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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About the Science

  • Video discusses coral bleaching, which is caused by warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification.
  • The focus is on the biology of corals and how researchers study the complex ecosystems of coral reefs.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video is very well done, with up-to-date research highlighted. The interviews with scientists are a highlight.

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  • This is a broadcast-quality video that has sufficient resolution for classroom projection.
  • Downloading and ad-free access is available for Windows to the Universe subscribers.

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