|Paleo Slide Set: Coral Paleoclimatology:Natural Record of Climate change for High School Student|
|A school of goatfish (Mulloidicthys dentatus) at Clipperton Atoll.|
| The modern
age, an era where human beings have attained an uneasy control over the
natural world, is a direct threat to many of the species with which we share
this planet. If in coming years, pollution or anthropogenic
climate change erases scenes such as this, a school of goatfish serenely
swimming above large colonies of Porites lobata, from the earth, not only
will we lose one of the most fascinatingly beautiful ecosystems
on the planet, we will also lose one of our most important tools for understanding
how our planet works. Both beauty and information are increasingly valuable
and scarce commodities in this rapidly changing world of ours, and we can
ill afford to lose either.
Department of Biology, University of Houston
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