Australia - Awaiting the Evidence of Coral Bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier reef is currently experiencing coral bleaching due to climate change.
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is great in many ways. A prized World Heritage Area, it is the largest coral reef system and also the biggest living structure in the world- big enough that it can be seen from space.
The Reef is located off the coast of Queensland and composed of 300 coral cays, 600 tropical islands, 760 fringe reefs, and 3,000 individual reef systems. It provides refuge and habitat to an astounding variety of marine life including ancient sea turtles, reef fish, sharks and rays, and 400 hard and soft corals and an abundance of seaweeds.
Now, this marvelous natural wonder is facing yet another threat to its existence- the coral bleaching.
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