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This programme was filmed in Jamaica just after Hurrican Gilbert had devastated the island. It features the work of marine scientists from the University of West Indies studying the effects of natu...ral disasters like hurricanes and human population (Kingston Harbour) on various ecosystems. Coral reefs, mangrove swamps and sea grass act together to protect tropical coastlines from effects of wind and waves and help bind together the fine sediments flowing in rivers towards the open sea. Effects of human disturbances such as sewage pollution and over fishing have serious consequences on tourism and the fishing industry.
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Module code and title: S330, Oceanography
Item code: S330; 02
First transmission date: 1989
Published: 1989
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Duration: 00:24:31
Note: Loan copy available on compilation video S330/0,1,2,3,4,8
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Producer: Tony Jolly
Contributor: Jeremy Woodley
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Coral; Gilbert; Harbour; Human; Hurricane; Jamaica; Kingston; Mangrove; Pollution; Reefs
Subject terms: Biotic communities--Jamaica; Coastal ecology--Caribbean area; Coral reef ecology--Caribbean area; Hurricane Gilbert; Hurricanes--Caribbean area; Mangrove ecology--Caribbean area; Marine plants--Jamaica; Nature--Effect of human beings on--Caribbean area; Oceanography--Caribbean area; Seagrasses--Caribbean area
Master spool number: HOU6284
Production number: FOUS566T
Videofinder number: 2900
Available to public: no