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U.S. coral reefs; imperiled national treasures

April 1, 2002

Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine species. However, the tiny colonial animals that build these intricate limestone masses are dying at alarming rates. If this trend continues, in 20 years the living corals on many of the world's reefs will be dead and the ecosystems that depend on them severely damaged. As part of the effort to protect our Nation's extensive reefs, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are working to better understand the processes that affect the health of these ecologically and economically important ecosystems.

Publication Year 2002
Title U.S. coral reefs; imperiled national treasures
DOI 10.3133/fs02502
Authors M.E. Field, S.A. Cochran, K.R. Evans
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 025-02
Index ID fs02502
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse