Five (5) great things you do not know and reveals the coral NASA mission on corals

A pristine reef in American Samoa. – Credits: NOAA / NMFS / SEFSC / CRED, Oceanography team.

An expedition of NASA tour parts of the world as Australia and Hawaii, analyzing and studying great factors coral reefs. Field investigations conducted by “Coral Reef (CORAL) Air Lab” NASA aims to study 5 major factors of corals:

CORAL How does it work?
The reefs are mostly unknown territory.
Diving for science.
More than a pretty face.
¿Coral or Reef?
CORAL How does it work? The operation of corals in your environment is an activity where much information is lacking. The research team field expedition of NASA will use a new instrument aboard NASA specifically designed to observe the coastal environment through a spectrometer handheld remote images (PRISM) which can see objects about five five feet square feet (less than two meters by two meters square) from its privileged position in the air five miles (eight kilometers) above.

The reefs are mostly unknown territory. One question that stop being simple, but with a very bewildering response. Coral reefs in the world are largely unknown, it can see in many online databases photographs taken of them which represent only a small fraction of existing corals in the world. As this research field compile great information on corals of our planet.

Diving for science. The diving has been largely used for scientific research of our seas and oceans. The use of coral technology of remote sensing to study the whole reef ecosystems represents a major step forward in research capacity.

More than a pretty face. Hard corals have survived the dinosaurs, existing on Earth since the mid-Triassic period, 200-250 million years ago. During this time, they have evolved and diversified to exist in all the world’s oceans.

¿Coral or Reef? A single coral polyp – consisting of the coral animal, their symbiotic algae skeleton and calcium carbonate – is usually less than half an inch (one centimeter) wide. Unlike many animals, corals are colonial, which means that many polyps grow together and form a larger structure. Another issue on corals that will solve field research is to determine the difference between a coral and a reef or determine if they are the same thing.


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