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Uploaded: November 21, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: November 23, 2009
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For a while now I have been wondering what it would be like to draw a coral reef. I began sketching out my idea or version of a coral reef when I received a request for one by a member of Dragoart. The bottom of the sea is a beautiful place, and if I were a mermaid, then I am sure my existence would be filled with rich colors, and visually amazing things. I will now give you my interpretation on "how to draw a coral reef step by step". Coral reefs are incredible ecosystems that live at the bottom of oceans. Even though they only cover about one percent of the earths surface, they still provide essential elements for sea creatures as well as being a home to over twenty five percent of different types of fish species. Did you know that there are five hundred million people that depend on what the coral reef provides for their food supply as well as lively hood? With the inevitability drawing near, coral reefs are being destroyed all over the world. Coral reefs are what you call "aragonite" structures that are created from living organisms. In most cases reefs are made up of stony corals, and colonial cnidarians. Cnidaria are divisions that have over nine thousand animal species of aquatic life. As the years progress coral reefs are starting to become a thing of the past. That's why so many oceanographers and scientists are working hard to stop the extinction of coral reefs. If we as people cannot protect our planet, than we are just asking for major trouble. Once an ecosystem is extinct, it causes a domino effect for all life forms including humans as we know it. Did you know that if it wasn't for corals controlling how much carbon dioxide is in the water, all living things on earth would be affected. It is the work of "coral polyps" that turns carbon dioxide in the water into a limestone shell, which prevents too much CB in the water. Not only do coral reefs protect us, they also protectors of coast lines by stopping or slowing down strong currents and waves before they reach our shorelines. Because of this, these reefs are also called "barrier reefs". They help provide a barrier to separate the ocean from the shore. Did you know that if there was no coral reefs, the state of Florida would be under water? Now that is a fact that can be read up on if you would like to learn more on how you can save coral reefs from extinction. In the mean time celebrate the reef by learning "how to draw a coral reef step by step". You can also draw in your own pretty fish, and other underwater life forms to customize the drawing to your liking. I will be back later folks so sty tuned. Peace out, and happy drawing!

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