Great Barrier Reef - Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mr Echo
S 18° 17.167 E 147° 42.000
55K E 573984 N 7978017
Quick Description: 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 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).
Location: Australia
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 10:04:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM779R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.[6] This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.CNN has labeled it one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust has named it a state icon of Queensland.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as overfishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures to the reef and its ecosystem include water quality from runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish.

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Type: Natural

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/154

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