Question: How are coral reefs affected by storms, high temperatures, and acidic water?1.Predict: Coral reefs in the Caribbean are sometimes damaged by hurricanes. Of the two types of coral shown, which do you think is more resistant to storm damage? Explain. 2.Observe: Set the Storm severityto 50%. Click Advance year 10 times. What changes do you notice? The number of animals either stay the same or decrease over time and the 3.Analyze: On the DATA tab, select Staghorn coral, Star coral, Sponges, and Algae .
Which organism was most hurt by increased storms, and why do you think this is so? 4.Predict: In the Caribbean, water temperatures typically range from 24 °C to 30 °C. What do you think might happen if temperatures rise much higher than 30 °C? 5.Observe: Select the CORAL REEFtab. Click Return to original settingsand RestartSet the Ocean temperatureto 33 °C. Click Advance year10 times.A.What changes do you notice? That there is more algae in the water and less of . B.Select the DATAtab. Which coral is most affected by bleaching? Staghorn coral 6.Analyze: On the DATAtab, select every organism. In general, how does the decline in corals affect the other organisms on the reef? Yes it affect the other animals that their 7.Predict: The pHof a solution is a measure of how acidic or basic it is. The greater the energy to make their exoskeletons and shells when ocean water is slightly basic. As carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere rise, ocean water absorbs carbon dioxide and becomes more acidic. This process is called ocean acidificationHow do you think ocean acidification will affect coral reefs? I think it will make the population .
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