What are the consequences for ocean environments if coral reefs die off?



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    Coral reefs are unique habitats, home for a myriad of plants and animals.  Destroying reefs would drastically alter and even eliminate the population of many species that only exist in reefs.  Moreover, reefs act as a barrier for the shore, limiting the impact of waves and the force of the open on the land. 

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    Coral reefs support vast tiers of marine ecosystems and are havens of coastal biodiversity.  A reef is comparable to an underwater rainforest.  The consequences of their destruction include marine predator collapse (because their food source declines) as well as an increase in carbon dioxide because the reefs act as a form of carbon sink.

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