What is coral bleaching?

This infographic provides an overview of what coral bleaching is and its causes. The resource combines short summaries of the steps of coral bleaching with more in-depth (though still succinct) explanations for what is happening to cause the coral to appear white. A short list of causes for coral bleaching is also provided.

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National Ocean Service

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The infographic would provide a good introduction or short classroom reading and/or discussion activity.

It is recommended that the instructor explores the causes of coral bleaching more in-depth to avoid potential misconceptions about how they influence and can lead to coral bleaching.

The links provided on the web page can be used to supplement, allowing for more in-depth exploration of the topic.