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Of all it's habitats, the Coral Reefs are the most colorful. They are built by millions of tiny animals (coral polyps) and plants (coralline algae). Their skeletons are made of calcium carbonate, the main component of limestone. When animals die, their shells become cemented together to form a reef. Thousands of years may be required to form a reef only a few yards thick. The fragile corals grow best with abundant sunshine, stable water temperature, plenty of oxygen, and a good food supply. These conditions are found usually in waters from midtide level down to about 130 feet. The depth at witch they grow is determined by the clarity of the water. Fresh water, silt, or toxic runoff can destroy the reefs.
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