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
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
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
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.”
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.
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.