Keep Up, Catch Up, Give Up: A Study of the Florida Keys Reef

Michelle Sanchez

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In her project Keep Up, Catch Up, Give Up: A Study of the Florida Keys Reef, senior Kelsea Edwing inspects the factors that contribute to the killings of our oceans reefs and finds out ways that we can help. With the hope of continuing her studies about the ocean, she later hopes to major in Oceanography to follow her father’s footsteps. Her inspiration to research this topic started with the internship that she is currently occupied with which is related to oceans as well. Her table in the fair showed the possible difference in the reefs by recreating them and showing how a healthy one looks and how one will look if we do nothing to keep them that way. The first recreation included colorful corals and live animals with lots of plants, something that you of course would expect from a reef. On the other hand, the “after” recreation included bleached, white, dry corals with less amount of plants and what pretty much looks like a dead ocean. Her tips for us to keep the reefs from dying off included simple things such as taking shorter showers, turning off the AC when you don’t need it and overall just being green and saving energy. Her project not only is applicable for this specific reef but her solutions should be used all over the world to protect our reefs and prevent more from dying off.

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Keep Up, Catch Up, Give Up: A Study of the Florida Keys Reef