With the destruction of coral reefs, many organisms lose their habitat. That can lead to a decrease in the number of plants and animals in the area. This results in an overall loss in biodiversity.
There are many reasons to be concerned with decreasing biodiversity. All species are unique and should be preserved. Their value as life forms can never be recreated once they are extinct. It is important to be able to study the genetic makeup of various species in order to understand the evolution of new species. The usefulness of various plant and animal species for food and medicine is another reason for preserving biodiversity. A final argument for preserving biodiversity is the fact that all organisms are interrelated. It is often not until a species is extinct that people realize its importance to the ecosystem.
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