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Coral reef system off the east coast of Australia, World Heritage Site

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Great Barrier Reef: Coral reef system off the east coast of Australia, World Heritage Site
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

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Reefs around the world facing same threats as Great Barrier Reef due to climate change

Scientists observing Australia’s reef say the more they work on it, the more problems they find, as a delegation of experts visiting from overseas says their reefs are also being impacted.
SBS - Published

Climate change has diminished the Great Barrier Reef's 'outstanding values,' report shows

The Great Barrier Reef’s “outstanding universal value” is diminishing because of climate change, the government says.
SBS - Published

Videos for Great Barrier Reef


How underwater acoustics could help with coral reef restoration [Video]How underwater acoustics could help with coral reef restoration

Scientists from the University of Exeter have discovered a possible way to restore dying coral reefs - underwater speakers that mimic the sound of healthy reefs. Adam Reed reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Underwater loudspeakers could help boost coral reef recovery [Video]Underwater loudspeakers could help boost coral reef recovery

New research has found that deploying underwater loudspeakers to play the sounds of healthy coral reef could help restore damaged reefs.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:51Published

'Coral IVF' could restore damaged parts of Great Barrier Reef [Video]'Coral IVF' could restore damaged parts of Great Barrier Reef

Scientists from Australia's Southern Cross University have come up with a technique called "Coral IVF" to restore coral in damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:58Published

 

UNESCO Barrier Reef report says 'outstanding values' have worsened

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef management agencies to UNESCO says it is critical to keep atmospheric temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The Age - Published

Queensland rejects court ruling on Great Barrier Reef shark culls

The Queensland government has called on the federal government to change a law to allow it continue baiting and killing sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.
SBS - Published

Great Barrier Reef outlook 'very poor' as scientists warn of climate change threat

The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is "very poor" and will not improve unless global action is taken to address climate change, a new report has warned.
SBS - Published

This floating pumice raft in the Pacific could help save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is set to receive a restocking of new coral in eight months thanks to a pumice raft which is estimated to rival the size of Manhattan.
SBS - Published

'Super survivor' coral brings hope to beleaguered Great Barrier Reef

Can the work of a young English marine biologist help save the Great Barrier Reef? Fingers crossed.
The Age - Published

Great Barrier Reef agency breaks government ties to warn of climate warning

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says an urgent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is needed to protect the future of the reef.
SBS - Published

Campaign kicks off to make Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen

A campaign backed by plenty of Australian celebrities has kicked off with the aim of making the Great Barrier Reef an Australian Citizen - granting it protections that would save it from harm.
SBS - Published

86 per cent of Great Barrier Reef contaminated with microfibres

Surprising new research suggests about 86 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is contaminated with microfibres.
SBS - Published

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