All ecosystems are important, but obviously the more species rich ones
are even more important.
And coral reef ecosystem is the second species
richest in the world, after tropical rainforests.
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The main importance of coral reefs is that they support so many
species, which means that without them a lot of species would go
But there are other good reasons, and the following one easily rivals
the one above: corals recycle and remove carbon dioxide - the gas that
adds to global warming.
Other reasons for the importance of the coral reef are that they
protect the land from tropical cyclones (hurricanes) and tsunamis; that
they bring in tourist dollars, that they provide us with food in form
of fish and other seafood; and that with their species richness (just
like the tropical rainforests) they are very likely to provide us with
some very important (cancer) medicies in the future.
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