Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Thousands of species rely on reefs for survival. Millions of people all over the world also depend on coral reefs for food, protection and jobs.
The tutorial is an overview of the biology of and threats to coral reefs, as well as efforts being made to conserve and protect them. It includes images, animations, and videos.
The Roadmap to Resources complements the tutorial. It directs you to specific online coral data and information from NOAA.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) includes this online resource in its SciLinks database. SciLinks provide students and teachers access to Web-based, educationally appropriate science content that has been formally evaluated by master teachers.
More information about the SciLinks evaluation criteria is available online: http://www.scilinks.org/certificate.asp.