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Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Sea

Where Are the World’s Coral Reefs?

Coral Reef map

IMAGE CREDIT: World Resources Institute

Reefs at Risk: Now and in the Future

Reefs at Risk

IMAGE CREDIT: World Resources Institute

How To Help Coral Reefs

The Nature Conservancy lists 10 ways that you can help coral reefs, even if you live far from the sea.

  1. Conserve water
  2. Help reduce pollution 
  3. Use only ecological or organic fertilizers
  4. Dispose of your trash properly
  5. Support reef-friendly businesses
  6. Plant a tree
  7. Practice safe and responsible diving and snorkeling
  8. Volunteer for a coral reef cleanup
  9. Contact your government representatives
  10. Spread the word

Learn more

A Coral Reef in Baltimore

Though coral reefs around the globe are threatened, there is reason to be hopeful. That is the driving force behind the creation of Blacktip Reef. Learn about National Aquarium's newest exhibit at


Earth Watch Institute Australia, Coral Reefs
National Public Radio, Can Acid Neutralizers Help Coral Reefs Bounce Back?
NASA, Mapping the Decline of Coral Reefs
Nature Conservancy, Coral Reefs of the Tropics: You Can Make a Difference
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Science Codex, Natural Underwater Springs Show How Coral Reefs Respond to Ocean Acidification 
Science Daily, It's Not Too Late For Corals, Experts Say
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, In the front line: Shoreline protection and other ecosystem services from mangroves and coral reefs
World Resource Institute, Reefs at Risk Revisited

Underwater City
Learn more about coral reefs in the National Aquarium's most recent edition of Watermarks.

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