Sea and Corals; Subtle Shades of Harmony

Sea and Corals literally popped into my mind as I was wondering what to write about today. I love the ocean and don’t get there often enough. So, here I go with my research and curation of facts and images about sea and corals. You may click on any of the images to see their source.

Corals of the Sea

Sea and Coral Blues

Ions and Harmony

The effect of sea and corals on the human mind and our overall well-being is one of elated harmony. The ions of the ocean are a huge part of why we “feel good” when we visit. When we drive over from Salem to the coast, I can tell when we’re getting near the ocean. It’s the negative ions that blow in from the ocean! You can get this same effect by walking in the woods or taking a big breath of fresh air after it rains.

Here’s how they work. When ions reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions. Those reactions, in turn, increase levels of serotonin, which helps reduce depression, relieve stress and gives us a quick lift.

While part of the euphoria is simply being around these wondrous settings and away from the normal pressures of home and work, the air circulating in the mountains and the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions — Much more than the average home or office building, which contain dozens or hundreds, and many register a flat zero. VIA WebMD

Seascape Painting by Agostino Veroni

Sea and corals under sea ladder

How Do Corals Grow?

A post that includes corals must give an explanation of their origin. In other words, how do they grow?

“Coral reefs are formed when free-swimming coral larvae attach to submerged rocks or other hard surfaces along the edges of islands or continents. As the corals grow and expand, reefs take on one of three major characteristic structures — fringing, barrier, or atoll.” —Via NOAA

Sea and Corals Plate Pink Coral

The Peril of the Great Barrier Reef

The world of the sea and corals supports a ginormous, busy environment of creatures. Do you know that the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is one of the 7 wonders of the world? In addition, it is the largest living structure on earth. And talk about size – it is so big that it’s easily viewed from space. On top of all that, it is the world’s largest coral reef stretching 2,300 kilometers along the Queensland coastline and covering an area of 344,400 square kilometers.

Sir David Attenborough said of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, “It is one of the greatest and most splendid natural treasures that the world possesses.”

Sea and Corals the Great Barrier Reef from Space

Sea and Corals Great Barrier Reef Park with Visitors

In my research for this post, I am saddened to learn that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger due to environmental damage. If you would like to learn more about how you can help prevent this disaster from happening, click here. If you know of other coral reefs around the world that are in peril, simply use Messenger from this site.

Update 9/11/18

It has come to my attention that the magnificent Great Barrier Reef is showing some signs of improvement. Please see the excerpt below VIA IFL Science.

The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a non-profit organization, has published a report for the Queensland State Government that claims parts of the GBR are showing some “signification signs” of recovery from years of bleaching.

Don’t crack out the champagne just yet, though – the future of the world’s largest coral reef (or any coral reef, for that matter) is still not looking rosy. At all.

While scientists and policymakers have been working hard to support the reefs, this recent development is primarily thanks to of a milder 2017-18 summer. The welcoming weather has allowed parts of the reef to regain some of its health following the catastrophic bleaching events of 2016 and 2017, but all it takes is another bad reason and it’s back to square one.

“Saxon Reef, for example, suffered some form of bleaching on 47.1 percent of its live coral cover during the 2016 event. Fortunately, much of the bleached coral recovered thanks to better conditions experienced in 2018,” Sheriden Morris, RRRC Managing Director, said in a statement.

“However, this recovery is always going to be contingent on environmental conditions.” VIA IFL Science


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