Today's task: arts and crafts with #coral !
Like any organism, most measurements need to be standardized by the size. Because only the top millimeter of a coral is living, surface area is the standard measure of coral size. The easiest way to figure out surface area is to cover the coral with aluminum foil, cut away all the extra foil, weight that piece, then convert to surface area. Very tedious, but necessary!
Somos todos flores 🌻 del gran jardín de Dios. Algunos nos quitan los pétalos y otros nos pisotean pero lo bueno es saber que lo que para los ojos humanos es el "fin" es solamente el comienzo. ✨Irian Torres✨
How do coral reefs benefit the economy?
Healthy coral reefs support commercial and subsistence fisheries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Approximately half of all federally managed fisheries depend on coral reefs and related habitats for a portion of their life cycles. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimates the commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million.
Local economies also receive billions of dollars from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recreational fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems.
Despite their great economic and recreational value, coral reefs are severely threatened by pollution, disease, and habitat destruction. Once coral reefs are damaged, they are less able to support the many creatures that inhabit them. When a coral reef supports fewer fish, plants, and animals, it also loses value as a tourist destination.