30 Jan '16, 11pm

Seeing the Reef for the Corals: Studying corals from above could help scientists understand how these critical...

This Image of the Day is the answer to the January puzzler. Colonies of coral polyps are some of the most prolific builders in the world. Coral polyps secrete a material that forms a hard calcium carbonate exoskeleton around their base. That hard base protects against marine predators, and generation after generation of polyps build new exoskeletons on top of the old. Over time, the process builds up coral reefs that can become quite large—in many cases, large enough to be viewed from space. Coral reefs, sometimes called the rainforests of the sea, are one of the most prized ecosystems in the ocean. They are home to about a quarter of all ocean fish species, making them hot spots of biodiversity . They protect shorelines from storms, provide food for millions of people, and provide economic benefits by encouraging tourism. Despite their value, few of the world’s reefs have...

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Seeing the Reef for the Corals

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 30 Jan '16, 11pm

This Image of the Day is the answer to the January puzzler. Colonies of coral polyps are some of the most prolific builder...

Seeing the Reef for the Corals

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 31 Jan '16, 3pm

This Image of the Day is the answer to the January puzzler. Colonies of coral polyps are some of the most prolific builder...

Co-Founder of Microsoft’s Yacht Botches Up Cora...

ecorazzi.com 30 Jan '16, 6pm

Way to go, Paul. Paul Allen, uber-rich billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, damaged a shit ton of coral reef (14,000 f...

兄弟や親戚ではありません: ベンガル湾で、フランス海軍士官(写真右)に艦内の説明をする、巡洋艦アンティータムの海軍中尉。服装やメガネのせいかも知れませんが、2人がそっくりに見えますね。https://t.co/JQIna15eky https://t.co/…

兄弟や親戚ではありません: ベンガル湾で、フランス海軍士官(写真右)に艦内の説明をする、巡洋艦...

navy.mil 12 Feb '16, 3am

BAY OF BENGAL (Feb. 10, 2016) Lt.j.g. Burnell Clemmer, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antiet...

The best view of the Great Barrier Reef? #Poolo...

cntraveller.com 10 Feb '16, 6pm

The Aquazure pool at the recently refurbished One&Only Hayman Island looks out over the Coral Sea beside the Great Barrier...

Definitely a contender for dreamiest desert isl...

cntraveller.com 10 Feb '16, 7am

This 1950s hotel has long been considered by Australians the most glamorous along the Great Barrier Reef . Since it reopen...