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.
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
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
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