rainforests of the sea/raising awareness
Pete.Mohan at seaworld.com
Mon May 29 09:19:56 EDT 2000
I used the "Rainforests of the Sea" theme for a short video I just completed
that accompanies our living coral exhibits here at SeaWorld Cleveland. I felt
that public perception of rainforests is often limited to the idea that they are
complex tropical systems that are endangered. At this rather simplistic level
the analogy works.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gould, Rob [SMTP:Rob.Gould at itn.co.uk]
> Sent: Friday, May 26, 2000 4:30 AM
> To: 'coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov'
> Subject: Re: rainforests of the sea/raising awareness
> Coral people,
> I was interested by the recent comparison between reefs and rainforests. I'm
> producing a documentary for Discovery Channel on the marine research in the
> Mascarene area of the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs clearly play an important
> part in the ecology here and these reefs suffered particularly badly in the
> 1998 bleaching event. The idea that coral reefs are analogous to rainforests
> is one I've heard and was planning to use as one of the themes in the
> One reason for linking the two ecosystems, from my point of view, is the
> hope that it will raise public awareness of the importance of coral reefs in
> the way that the destruction of the rainforests became popular cause in the
> final decades of the last century.
> I am structuring the programme at the moment so any thoughts from you, the
> experts, would be greatly appreciated. Any information about possible
> implications of reef destruction and, of course, the positive contributions
> coral reefs make to the wider environment are particularly welcome.
> Your knowledge on this subject is obviously far greater than mine so I would
> very much appreciate any help or ideas.
> Many thanks,
> Rob Gould
> rob.gould at itn.co.uk
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