Coral reefs are limestone formations produced by organisms called stony corals, which secrete an exoskeleton of calcium carbonate, often in large colonies and over generations. The accumulation of skeletal material, broken and piled up by wave action, produces a massive calcareous formation that supports the living corals and a great variety of other animal and plant life. More than 90% of the estimated 284,300 sq km of reefs in the world are in what region?
Back in the day
Legend has it that a curse was placed on the Boston Red Sox after Babe Ruth, the "Bambino," was sold to the New York Yankees on this day in 1920. Before the sale, the Red Sox had won five World Series, and the Yankees had not even attended one; after the sale, the Red Sox failed to win the series until 2004, while the Yankees won 26 times. What are some things that Red Sox fans have done in their attempts to break the curse?
Born on a day like today
Gibson is an American-born, Australian-reared actor, director, and producer. His early work in action films such as Mad Max and Lethal Weapon catapulted him to fame, and he subsequently branched out to directing and producing films dealing with historical and religious subjects, including The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, which won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture in 1996. His films and comments have elicited criticism from what groups?