26 Dec '11, 11pm

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Coral, rock, silt, sand, rubble, sponges, and seaweed all contribute to the architectur...

In 2005, the Australian government issued a report on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, summarizing field research conducted between 1997 and 2005. Hard corals, which play a primary role in reef building, were not the only corals at South Keeling Islands. Soft corals were also thriving at study sites throughout the reef. Although coral and rock predominated, the researchers also found varying amounts of silt, sand, rubble, sponges, and seaweed. Some of the coral had recently died, and coral predators appeared in high densities at some sites> But overall, the report noted, “the coral reef community at Cocos (Keeling) Islands is very healthy and in a stable period, with little impact from anthropogenic activities.”

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=76791&s...

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earthobservatory.nasa.gov 26 Dec '11, 11pm

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earthobservatory.nasa.gov 27 Dec '11, 2pm

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mnn.com 29 Dec '11, 10am

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