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Reefs: Rainforests of the Ocean

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Creation of an artifical reef is accomplished by sinking a man-made object in the sea, and then permitting it to become part of the ocean ecosystem. Marine life is quick to adapt to artifical reefs. Shipwrecks have long been a part of the underwater landscape, and whether they end up on the bottom as a result of natural calamity, war or as deliberate artificial reefs, they provide habitat for marine life. In addition they hold a special historical significance and heritage for the countries that host them in their waters. This documentary examines both accidental and intentional artificial reefs in Barbados, Bermuda and Qatar. These countries are acting immediately to prolong the health of their marine environment. Reefs: Rainforests of the Ocean reveals how our conservation of the coral reefs worldwide is essential for our heritage, economy and health. An additional reason has been found to support the cause of protecting coral reefs: they provide a whole new repertoire of medicines that will benefit people for years to come.

2003, 44 min 07 s

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