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Are Corals Plants or Animals?

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Saving Our Coral Reefs

Saving Our Coral Reefs

Corals Definition:  A tiny soft-bodied animal that lives within a stony skeleton clustered in large colonies that spend their adult lives in one location.

Coral reefs have been around for 500 million years and are extremely important to ocean life.  Many are unaware that coral is a type of animal.  They are alive and are made up of thousands of polyps, or small animals.  A polyp is a small, soft-bodied

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Mangroves store how much carbon?!

Mangroves store how much carbon?!

If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you care about the environment, even if it’s just a little bit. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have clicked on this page. So, you’re probably already aware that human activities are slowly, but surely, destroying our planet by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and negatively changing the climate. But, did you also know that our coastal ecosystems provide a natural way of minimizing the harsh effect of these greenhouse gases? Better yet, did you know that mangroves play one of the biggest roles? 

 

 

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Mangrove Forests: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

Mangrove Forests: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

One acre of mangrove alone can sequester 1,450 pounds of carbon per year. 

Yeah, you read that correctly. These terrestrial ecosystems absorb and store carbon, removing it from the atmosphere and storing it within the plant. The mangroves use the carbon dioxide for their leaves, rootsand branches and once they die, they fall to the seafloor and store the carbon for thousands of years. This buried carbon is referred to as “blue carbon” because it is stored underwater. Researchers state that worldwide, mangroves can sequester more than 28 million tons of carbon EVERY YEAR. Now that’s a ton of carbon…
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