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Exploring Coral Reefs: Reproduction and Survival

Plankton Productions in association with Curriculum Corporation, The Learning Federation & Specialty Studios

36 Minutes

Closed Captioned

Grades 6-Adult
Item #:EXP-1045

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K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Community Groups - $89
Colleges, Businesses, Other Institutions - $149
Colleges (DVD with Digital Site License) - $249
Enter the fantastic undersea world of corals to learn about the variety of reproductive strategies these tiny animals use to ensure their survival. Despite their limited distribution, coral reefs are vital to the health of the world's oceans and to people living near by.

Join host Dr. Kiki Sanford as she explores the amazing life of corals with Dr. Peter Harrison, one of the world's foremost authorities on corals and their reproduction. Learn how corals utilize different reproductive means like budding, internal and external fertilization, and the remarkable phenomenon of mass spawning to enhance genetic diversity and survival. Dr. Harrison shows how a suite of reproductive techniques may help corals overcome their current decline due to human abuse and global warming.

Enhanced by high definition underwater cinematography and animated sequences, the five instructional modules provide a clear introduction to coral reproduction and coral ecology. Viewers will also learn what a coral scientist does and what it takes to become one.


Five Video Modules

* The work of a coral reef scientist (6:00)
* Coral reef reproduction (7:00)
* Coral reef mass spawning (8:00)
* Coral repair mechanisms (6:15)
* Coral survival (6:30)

Extended Interviews with Dr. Harrison

Providing more detailed information on coral reproduction as well as related topics. Indexed by specific questions that can be individually selected. 
Exploring Coral Reefs: Reproduction and Survival