Q: Should coral reefs be protected or not, and why?
A: Yes, I definitely think that coral reefs should be protected zones. This protection is necessary because coral reefs are fragile and can be easily destroyed through weather-related events or through the careless acts of man. Coral reefs typically harbor a great variety of life and provide buffer zones that help protect beaches from erosion. Coral reefs vary according to location, temperature, and depth of water. All of them need protection. You can learn about the reefs we are studying by referring to the NOAA Web site, the Blue Planet Book and video series from the BBC, or by referring to the responses to previous questions posted on this Web site.