Coral Reef

Seventy-five percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures, according to a 2011 analysis. The most immediate and direct threats arise from local sources, which currently threaten more than 60% of coral reefs. Local threats include impacts from fishing, coastal development, and pollution. Left unchecked, the percent of threatened reefs will increase to more than 90% by 2030 and to nearly all reefs by 2050. Grab a desktop wallpaper of this image.

 

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

 

NOAA's National Ocean Service

 

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Taken on March 10, 2011