Energy Flow in the Coral Reef Ecosystem

This video shows the importance of all the parts of the ecosystem of the coral reef. The video describes the importance of each component of the system and what happens if a part of the system goes extinct or missing.

Coral Reefs are usually found near the surface of the water. The corals need the light from the sun to do the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight into sugar which then provides food for the coral. The sun’s light provides energy to the coral to complete the process of photosynthesis. Fish and other animals eat the corals and other animals in the coral reef making every part in the coral reef vital to its survival.

In the ecosystem the sun provides energy to the plants, to the herbivores, to the carnivores, to scavengers, and to decomposers. This is a cycle that continues everyday and makes the ecosystem thrive.


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