IB Outcomes:

Examine the development and the environmental and economic value of coral reefs and mangrove swamps.

 Causes and consequences: Examine the causes and consequences of the loss of coral reefs and mangrove swamps.

Coral Reef reproduction:

The Value of coral reefs:

1. Questions:

  1. Describe what coral is?
  2. Identify where coral forms and explain why it forms there?
  3. Explain 5 specific ways in which coral supports other species
  4. Describe what coral feeds on
  5. Explain what coral bleaching is and list causes of coral bleaching

2. Then, use these documents to answer the following questions: NOAA WWF

  1. Write a short description of the different threats to coral reefs worldwide.
  2. Describe the socio-economic consequences of coral reef degradation?

3. Case Study

Using my Diigo Library, or Michael Slezak’s The Great Barrier Reef: A Catastrophe Laid Bare, collect information about a specific reef that is currently being threatened.

  1. Name the specific reef and its location
  2. Describe the reef’s value (name at least 3)
  3. Describe the threat
  4. Describe the environmental and socio-economic consequence of reef degradation
  5. Describe one management strategy

Mangroves:

Take detailed notes as you watch the video, focusing on mangrove formation and benefits.

 

4. Mangrove Case Study

Using my Diigo Library, Codrington or the video above, collect information about a specific mangrove swamp that is currently being threatened.

  1. Name the specific mangrove swamp and its location
  2. Describe the mangrove swamp’s value (name at least 3)
  3. Describe the threat
  4. Describe the environmental and socio-economic consequence of mangrove  swamp degradation
  5. Describe one management strategy

5. Period 2: Write an outline for one of these IB style questions:

Examine the effects of the loss of coral reefs and mangrove swamps. [10]

The loss of coral reefs is not just a local concern.” Discuss this statement. [10]

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