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Coral reef diseases in the Atlantic-Caribbean

November 9, 2010

Coral reefs are the jewels of the tropical oceans. They boast the highest diversity of all marine ecosystems, aid in the development and protection of other important, productive coastal marine communities, and have provided millions of people with food, building materials, protection from storms, recreation and social stability over thousands of years, and more recently, income, active pharmacological compounds and other benefits. These communities have been deteriorating rapidly in recent times. The continuous emergence of coral reef diseases and increase in bleaching events caused in part by high water temperatures among other factors underscore the need for intensive assessments of their ecological status and causes and their impact on coral reefs.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2010
Title Coral reef diseases in the Atlantic-Caribbean
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_27
Authors Caroline S. Rogers, Ernesto Weil
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70156471
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center