This article is part of a three-part series on Oceans and Coral Reefs consisting of the following articles:

  1. Rainforests and Coral Reefs
  2. Ocean Prognosis
  3. Coral Reef Solutions

Each has been taken from the Mongabay main site and adapted to meet 5th grade educational standards. Ideally, they are to be read in the above order.


1. Think about the water cycle. Where does the water in your faucets come from? How long has the water been around?

2. What do forests add to the water cycle? Why is this important?

3. What is DMS? Where does it come from?

4. Why is DMS important?

5. What are some of the threats to coral reefs?