Use the thread below as a gallery space for your reflection of Chapter 4, "The Outer Strands." You have full freedom in how to reflect on this one... Sci-Po, Visual Chapter Summary, traditional, etc. That said, remember, stick to a protocols. There is power in protocols, for they often force our thinking toward a more creative level. This, of course, seems ironic before trying... but I think you'll soon see what I mean by that.
As always, post your reflection of this challenge and comment both on how this helped you learn the content of this part of the book, as well as how the processes of the task contributed to the cause specifically. I look forward to the discussion in the space below:
*Image taken by Sean Nash along the Northern shore of Gibson Cay in Middle Bight, Andros Island, The Bahamas.
**PS- for reference, Sci-Po Protocol is embedded within this post. other protocols for reflection are attached below.
'The Outer Strands' http://www.haikudeck.com/p/XzKNNCzUTA
My haiku deck is trying to represent how the ecosystems of a coral reef can be like a color wheel. Both are filled with diversity meaning that the types of colors and the variation amongst the species seem infinite. Also, the reef has compliments like a color wheel does. For instance, sea grass is to the mangroves as red is to green. Both of these compliment each other nicely and flow together to make up something larger then each of their own identities. The beauty of the reef lies not only in the 'primary colors' but it also lies in the outer strands of colors. The outer strand colors are colors that the primary colors produce such as the color violet and orange. Davidson was trying to show us that beauty can be found all over the place and to keep an open mind when searching for it.
*Photo credits reserved to 777images from the creative commons of flicker. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/777images/3210522510/)
Everything you write about in these discussion's are so creative and I really enjoy reading them. They are usually the first thing I read because it opens my mind about what I want to base mine off of. Great job! Also your Sci-po last time was amazing, you should be a poet. Me, not so much!
"Mangroves and sea grass beds are the two lines of defense protecting sensitive coral reefs from potentially devastating land-based influences."
This theme of this chapter said to me: "What is seen is not what is contained" or, basically: "There is more beneath the surface."
When I think of mangroves, I think of swampy, marshy areas filled with bent branches and twisted trunks. Nothing about mangroves appeals to me in the slightest. But, like all the other chapters in this book, I have been enlightened to see what really exists beneath the surface of the ocean, and how none of it is what I expect. Mangroves are indeed like coral reefs: they are a home to diversity, with "up to eighty individual crabs scurrying around a single square yard of mangrove forest." What I never would have guessed in this chapter is that mangroves are essential to the success of coral reefs. Them acting as a filter between land and ocean amazes me. When I think of pollution in the ocean, I think of man-made, plastic toys stuck beneath the surface and devastating marine animals. I think of oil spills and and waste from ships and cruises. I never one thought to acknowledge the possibility of "natural" pollution occurring in the ocean. This may be due to the fact that mangroves do such a good job in preventing this.
This furthers my view of the fragility of the ocean. Not only is it susceptible to human destruction, but also destruction from microscopic organisms as well. The vitality of a mangrove's existence can be seen through Davidson's writing in this chapter, as he tells us of how mangroves help to protect coral reefs. I would never have thought about the necessity of controlling the nitrogen and phosphorus levels of the ocean, but I have learned that it is essential to the life of corals. This entire process amazes me.
The success of sea grasses is incredible as well. Just by existing, and growing astronomically fast, they act as defense for the corals against sediment and harsh waves, not to mention the erosion that would ensue. Sea grass, to me, seems weak and destructible, but somehow the population is able to help with the success of the entire coastal ecosystem.
Mangroves and sea grass: two "insignificant" and "pointless" topics that are overlooked everyday. However, the beauty and success of coral reefs and coastal ecosystems is not. But you cannot have one without the other. What needs to be protected can be protected by the smallest of things, which are not always the most aesthetically pleasing. However, the lame reputation of mangroves and sea grass does nothing to their significance to the evolution of what is home to endless marine diversity: the coral reefs.
Okay, mine might seem boring because it is only talking about one thing. The Thalassia Testudinum a sea grass, but i found this story or part of this chapter really interesting. I thought it was beautiful how the 'parent' "bathes the infant leaf in water it has desalinated and bottled up in their protective sheath." Without the help from the parent, the infant would not live, and therefore the plant would die out. Which was why i based my whole keynote presentation on these sea grass.
The other thing that just caught my eye was the Christmas tree worms. I thought well might as well go look at them. So I found this picture and thought this was the coolest thing I had seen since sliced bread. They are so beautiful and i realize how the author of this book quickly lost their self looking at a coral head covered in Christmas tree worms. I would probably lose time too if I were surrounded by these. There are so many different colors. This was probably my favorite chapter of the book so far, I have no idea why it is probably because of the sea grass and how they protect their babies and help them survive.
I made my key note about how everything is part of one. It's kind of like the lion king to me. Everything has to do with something. Or it's some disney movie like that. I loved this chapter, I think it was my favorite so far. I love how he talks about all the seagrass meadows and the mangroves. I actually found a mangrove on my last vacation to Florida and wondered what the awful smell was and it totally makes more sense. The fact that he talked about how the mangroves and the seagrass protects the coral reefs makes sense because while they're limestone rock they're so fragile. In the ocean its all about relationships and I love it!