Subject: Coral reefs

Dagmar Fertl (Dagmar_Fertl@mms.gov)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 08:50:51 -0500

     Caitlin,
     
     I had to ask the coral reef expert at the office about this one, since 
     what I know best is marine mammals.
Because the colorful corals you see in coral reefs are animals living in 
symbiosis with millions of algae (zooxanthellae) they do best where light is 
available.  Typically these corals will grow best in the upper 90 meters (290 
feet).

I think it's great that you want to be a marine biologist when you grow up. My 
job right now is a combination of spending most of my time in the office writing
environmental impact statements and publishing papers, but sometimes getting to 
go out to sea for a few weeks at a time to do marine mammal research, and a few 
days at a time to go to marine mammal meetings to learn all the new things.   


Ms. Dagmar Fertl

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Subject: coral reefs
Author:  Mike Zozakiewicz <xtimis@execpc.com> at ~smtp
Date:    2/11/98 9:22 PM


Dear Mr.Fertl,
        I am writing a report about coral reefs for school. Can you tell me why
coral grows only in higher areas and not in the midnight zone?
I am ten years old and I hope to be a marine biologist when I grow up. 
What is your job like?
     
                                Sincerely,
     
                                Caitlin Zozak
                                xtimis@execpc.com