Coral Reefs Descriptive Essay by write123

Coral Reefs
This paper investigates coral reefs and the environmental danger to them.
# 106327 | 4,520 words | 12 sources | APA | 2008 | US

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper describes different types of coral reefs from the Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the small, isolated coral heads sprouting out of sandy or grassy sea bottoms called patch reefs. The paper relates that the loss of coral reefs represents a serious threat to essential bio-diversity. The paper also discusses the many threats to the coral, which are killing them, and the national and international initiatives to save these reefs. I

Table of Contents:
What Is Coral
Biological Importance
Economic Benefits of the Coral Reefs
Threats to the Coral Reefs
National Initiatives
International Initiatives

From the Paper:

"The term coral is used to refer both to the animal itself and to the cement-like substance it manufactures in its body to build a reef. The animal was long thought to be a plant. In 1726, a French naturalist named Jean Andre Peysonne found that these 'plants' were actually animals belonging to the phylum of coelenterates. Coral is a very simple organism. It has a tiny, transparent, gelatinous body enclosed in a tube with an opening at one end, and around this opening--which functions both as a mouth and as a passage to excrete wastes--is a ring of tiny tentacles ,which gather in the animal's food."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, B.E. (2005). The Fate of Coral Reefs in the Andaman Sea, Eastern Indian Ocean Following the Sumatran Earthquake and Tsunami 26 December 2004. The Geographical Journal, Volume 171, Issue 4, 372.
  • Ebi, K.L., Lewis, N.D., & Corvalan, C. (2006). Climate Variability and Change and Their Potential Health Effects in Small Island States: Information for Adaptation Planning in the Health Sector. Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 114, Issue 12, 1957.
  • Epstein, P.R., Chivian, E., Frith, K. (2003). Emerging Diseases Threaten Conservation. Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 111, Issue 10, 506.
  • Fishman, DJ. (1991, January). Reef Madness. Discover, 72-73.
  • Holing, D. (1991). Coral Reefs. San Luis Obispo, California: Blake Publishing.Life in the Coral Reef. New York: Time-Life Films, 1977.

Cite this Descriptive Essay:

APA Format

Coral Reefs (2008, July 31) Retrieved June 06, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Coral Reefs" 31 July 2008. Web. 06 June. 2023. <>