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Further Investigation: Phylum Porifera

  1. Investigate if there are any marine or freshwater sponges in your area. Research their biology and ecology.
     
  2. Sponges have been harvested from the ocean for thousands of years, since the days of ancient Greece. Investigate the history of sponge harvesting and the environmental implications of this industry.
     
  3. Sponges have attracted the attention of biomedical and pharmaceutical scientists. Use library and Internet tools to discover current research directions in these fields related to sponges. How might a seemingly boring sponge someday save lives?

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.