Author: Azat Kalybay

Science Editor 2016/17 Environment Editor 2015/16

Coral reefs are built by fascinating marine invertebrates that produce calcium carbonate and form many compact colonies in the shallow waters of tropical oceans. They are often called the ‘rainforests of the sea’ as they house a quarter of all known marine organisms covering less than 1% of the ocean’s area. Their formation requires specific circumstances (temperature, light) and they are essential for the functioning of a significant portion of the marine ecological cycle. Nevertheless, corals still remain a wonder of the ocean and require a lot of further research. From an interview with John Turner, from the School of…

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