Are Coral Reefs Really the Rainforests of the Sea?

Stories about coral reefs usually include the observation that coral reefs are the "rainforests of the sea". It's such a common statement that no one questions it. But how are rainforests and coral reefs similar? Your job is to collect, organize and present information to either prove or disprove this statement.

Before you begin this project, it's important that you understand some basic facts about coral reefs. Visit Animal Bytes at Sea World and answer the following questions in complete sentences:

Now you're ready to begin your research! Since you are working in groups, your first task should be to divide the research responsibilities among the member of your group. The following areas need to be covered:

Each member of the group should keep a record of their individual work for grading purposes.

Use the links below to find your information. Once you've finished, organize and present your information in a poster. If you include maps, they should be hand drawn. Be prepared to present your information in class.

Coral Reef Links:

This RiverDeep article compares coral reefs to rainforests and discusses the dangers facing reefs

Check out this site created by the Office of Naval Research which highlights coral reefs.

Select "Tropical Oceans" to find information on coral reefs.

Enchanted Learning provides basic information on biodiversity and geographic range of coral reefs

Rainforest Links:

Educational Web Adventures provides a fun way to compare the amount of rain in a rainforest to areas in the US

Enchanted Learning provides basic information on biodiversity and geographic range of rainforests