Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Fall 2009

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Geoscience

First Advisor

Ann F. Budd

Abstract

Coral reefs are faced and will be faced with many challenges this century. One danger is the rapid decline of oceanic pH due to anthropogenic sources. The more acidic the environment becomes, the harder reefs and coral (order: scleractinia) in particular will be hit. Experiments to measure the effect on scleractinian coral were performed to glean a better understanding of the processes that will be affected by our acidifying oceans. Additionally, the search for and analysis of coral microstructure and micromorpholgy were carried out in an attempt to understand homology within an environmentally responsive taxa.

Keywords

Coral, micromorphology, microstructure, Oceans, pH, Reef

Pages

v, 49 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 46-49).

Copyright

Copyright 2009 Matthew A Tibbits

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Geology Commons

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