As economic inequality has continued to dominate our society, I am constantly reminded of the original Star Trek series, and more specifically a particular episode. This essay has really nothing to do with the future of space travel or exploration (a word the precedes exploitation). Instead I use that series to address what is going on Earth in the present as the original series did.
Today I would like to sing the praise of coral and lament it's rapid demise. I'm in Key West hoping to see a reef or two. I've been fortunate to visit the second largest reef system, the Mesoamerican reef, but this is my first visit to the keys. We were invited by a friend whose relatives have a house there which they are not renting out this month. So let's dive in and see what we can find under the surface of things.