View all images

Map of the world’s coral reefs

Gallery Map World Coral Reefs Hero NASA

This map shows the distribution of coral reefs around the world. Tropical coral reefs need shallow and warm water to grow. This is why tropical coral reefs only grow in the warm waters around the tropics and also in the shallower water near the coast, rather than in the open ocean.

Brought to you by

Zones on the reef

What factors affect zonation on the reef?

Great Barrier Reef 2012: Expedition map

Why did the expedition only go to some of the reefs?

Coral feeding

How does coral get its energy?

activity age bookmark-fill icon bookmark boy-girl calendar chevron-down icon close icon compass cross icon download encounter-live facebook gallery icon instagram icon Instagram icon linkedin links icon location mail icon map next play previous professional-development right-arrow icon search share single image social-media speaker spinner icon students subject-update teacher-resources tick icon time twitter user video-lesson video youtube