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Matinee: 'Alexis Rosenfeld on Coral Reefs' Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

2 April 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 442nd in our series of Saturday matinees today: Alexis Rosenfeld on Coral Reefs.

French explorer and photographer Alexis Rosenfeld conducted a diving expedition in 2021 sponsored by UNESCO during which he discovered an underwater treasure known to local fishermen but whose extent was unsuspected. And, miraculously, it suffered no bleaching, which is destroying the coral ecosystems that protect our beaches and coastlines.

In this 3:19 video, Rosenfeld talks about the expedition as video shows us what he and his team found. And it is, in a word, breath-taking.

But you'll want to see the stills from the project. And for that, read Coral Reefs: A Chronicle of a Fragile World written by Katerina Markelova with Rosenfeld's stills.

UNESCO, she tells us, has pledged to map at least 80 per cent of the ocean floor by 2030. "The deepening of our knowledge of the seabed may one day reveal the existence of other ecosystems, capable of adapting to rising ocean temperatures," she writes.

And, as Rosenfeld points out in the video, the coral reefs protect our coasts from erosion and is where the medicines of the future will be harvested.

It is also a unique and beautiful world.

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