Taipei - Hannibal: Coral Reef Project - January 2009

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NOTE: This was a 4-week project of learning and reporting on the ecology of coral reefs. This page has kid drawings and brief facts lists, a short video of our kid presentations, a coral reef video, and the list of kids from Taiwan + their names in Chinese. Taiwan responded by sending us a DVD in the mail of their team presentations.


Coral Reef and Animals –
Corals are animals that live in warm, shallow salt water seas. When corals die, their skeletons form the layers of rock that we call the reef. The reef than becomes an ecosystem, a home to many plants and animals.

The coral reef ecosystem has many species of animal life that interact with each other and with the physical environment. The sun is the main source of energy for this ecosystem. By photosynthesis, plankton, algae, and other plants convert light energy into chemical energy. As animals eat plants or other animals, some of this energy is passed on.

Fringing reef: Fringing reefs are next to the shorelines of continents and islands in tropical seas. Fringing reefs are commonly found in the South Pacific Hawaiian Islands, and parts of the Caribbean.

Barrier reef: these form farther offshore. Barrier reefs form when land masses sink, and fringing reefs become separated from shorelines by wide channels. Land masses sink as because of of erosion and shifting crustal plates of the earth. Crustal plates lift or sink the seafloor and adjacent land masses. Barrier reefs are common in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. The Great Barrier Reef off northern Australia is the largest barrier reef in the world. It is more than 1,240 miles (2,000 km) long.

Click the animals below to learn facts about them.

butterfly fish
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Courtny
sea snake
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Kaleigh
puffer fish
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Kimmiesha
flatworms
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Kaitlynn
sea star
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Lexie
sea urchin
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Alicia
seahorse
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Cara
banded coral shrimp
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Blake
parrot fish
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Destiny
damsel fish
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Lloyd
moray eel
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Cameron
porcupine fish
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Norberto

barracuda
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Brianna
Christmas tree Worm
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Jacob


Taiwan Students and Animal Choices:
English Name
Chinese Name
Project Name
Celine Chew
周妤
Crabs
Joyce Yeh
葉家妤
Starfish
Anny Shu
許藝馨
Jellyfish
Judy Hsu
許芝穎
Clownfish
Melissa Lin
林煒涓
Starfish
Amy Jaing
江宜庭
Jellyfish
Catherine Wu
吳承忻
Sea Urchin
Sabrina Ho
何盈琦
Parrot Fish
Christina Chen
陳思儒
Clownfish
Yvonne Wang
王心彤
Dugong
Kiki Chen
陳祐琦
Dugong
Queena Huang
黃葵真
Starfish
Emerald Lee
李品妍
Sea Star
Joanna Guo
郭向芸
Parrot
Katy Huang
黃楷晴
Sea Urchin
Hanna Chang
張書涵
Jellyfish
Ashley Kao
高安妘
Sea Dragon
Tina Chu
褚 庭
Clownfish
Katrina Yang
楊侑靜
Dugong
Angie Lou
樓恩琦
Butterfly Fish
Kevin Lin
林愷倫
Clownfish
Andy Yan
顏浩翔
Jellyfish
Daniel Tseng
曾鼎文
Jellyfish
Aaron Wei
魏正信
Sea Horse
Harry Wu
吳 桓
Clownfish
Jerry Chen
陳 頡
Clownfish
Crist Chee
齊瑞泓
Starfish
Poyin Chou
周伯穎
Clownfish
Jason Ma
馬振華
Clownfish
Liang Shie
謝 量
Clownfish
Kenny Yeh
葉子翔
Clownfish
Freddie Lin
林芃佑
Clownfish
Lucas Kao
高承濂
Sea Anemone
Dav Lin
林 靖
Sea Anemone
Henry Wang
王若珩
Starfish
Teddy Yen
晏德心
Clownfish
David Chiang
江富恩
Starfish
Barry Lee
李竟嘉
Sea Slug
Victor Huang
黃淵揚
Dugong
Howard Yang
楊皓丞
Sea Slug










Information on this page was researched at: seaworld.org and www.projectaware.org; Teachers' Domain, A Night in the Coral Reef, published April 19, 2007, retrieved on December 28, 2008, teachersdomain.org