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    The Great Barrier Reef- a fragile ecosystem 1 Australia- a country of diversity No matter how far I have traversed around this earth, I have yet to find another location that rivals Australia. Nowhere else on earth can you find such spectacular landscapes, such unique and fascinating animals, and such warm friendly people. This is why I will always call Australia home. 1 This is a quote by Adam Cropp, who grew up in Port Douglas, Australia.2 He travels around the world regularly but still thinks

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    home to the Great Barrier Reef, but it is also the only continent in the world that is its own country. The Great Barrier Reef is the world 's largest coral reef system that stretches 1,250 miles off the Northeast coast of Australia. The coral reef support much of the marine life such as fish, sea turtles, and other marine mammals. In 1981, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, became in charge of the environmental protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Research found

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    What is the Great Barrier Reef? The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system located in Australia, but it is also the largest coral reef system in the entire world. It is home to a massive variety of fish, it is home to over 900 islands, and it is also composed of over two-thousand sub-reefs. The Great Barrier Reef remains under constant distress which can be mostly attributed to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and tourist activities, these include, but are not limited to:

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    The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but massive coral bleaching has stripped the corals of their natural beauty. Less than 50% of the original reef remains. Pollution, habitat change, and global warming is causing the colorful reef to turn a pale grey color. The Great Barrier Reef needs all the attention it can get to restore itself back to its original liveliness. The world-famous coral reef is not only in grave danger, but each day, it is getting

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    As part of the unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) I took great care in preserving the Great Barrier reef for many more generations to enjoy, with being the year 2050 none of us knew how much longer the reef could last. This would be the first time in many years that I go see the reef. After suiting up in a wetsuit i was euphoric to get into the water and explore. The boat set out and after a short time I was in the water

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    The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea (Queensland, Australia), is the world’s largest living reef ecosystem; it is formed by 2,900 coral individual reefs and covers approximately 344,400 square kilometers, eastwards from the Queensland coast. (Queensland Museum, 2016) It stands out from other reefs not only because of its size, but also because it forms one of the most biologically diverse regions in our planet; it has over 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral and a great diversity

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    The Great Barrier Reef

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    Discussions and Findings What impact are chemicals currently having on Corals and fish species on the Great Barrier Reef? The impacts of chemicals on the Great Barrier Reef are far beyond what is first expected. The reef is subject to effects of sediment, nutrients and chemical pollutants that currently effect 25% of the worlds coral reefs (Amelia S. Wenger, 2015), including the Great Barrier Reef. These three effects result in a decline in water quality, which is due to an increase in nutrients caused

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    Serena Du Sault Newspaper Conservation Report Australia’s Great Barrier Reef The most famous coral reef, the Australia Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Queensland on the Australian north-eastern coast for more than 2600 kilometres, and is nearly 350 000 square kilometres in area. The formation of the numerous corals in the Australia Great Barrier needs many different and indispensable factors for their growth. Corals need to grow in shallow water where

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    world’s coral reefs have bleached (Howard). Since the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef, covering 133,000 square miles, and stretching 1,200 miles along the coast of Australia, it poses an incredible threat to Australia’s economy and environment (Howard). Coral bleaching is not an issue that is often plastered all over the news or brought to people’s attention often. Coral Reefs, especially the Great Barrier Reef are seen as the perfect tourist destination because reefs are known for

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    Climate change is the biggest long-term threat to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide, according to the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. It has caused sea temperature increases, ocean acidification, altered weather patterns, and rising sea levels. The sea temperature increases affect many species. It causes coral bleaching to occur, which is when the microscopic algae separates from coral, taking the color, as well as the energy away. It affects the photosynthesis and reproduction

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    temperatures and Ocean Acidification is as of now influencing the Great Barrier Reefs Ecosystem. Coral bleaching coming about because of expanding ocean temperature and lower rates of calcification in skeleton-building life forms, for example, corals, because of sea acidification, are the impacts of most concern and are as of now obvious. Agricultural sources are adding to the waterfront and inshore territories of the Great Barrier Reef by expanded Nutrients, Sediments and different Pollutants in the

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    5 Destruction of the Great Barrier Reef Now it is apparent that the Great Barrier Reef is a fragile ecosystem as it is an interaction of these easily changeable factors, which brings us to the threats with which the Great Barrier Reef has to deal. 5.1 Natural destruction: Crown-of-thorns starfish It seems that every animal in the world acts as a source of food for other animals; this is also true for corals. The crown-of-thorns starfish, which has 21 thorny arms and a length of 80 cm, feeds on

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    GREAT BARRIER REEF SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION A coral reef is communicated living organisms that is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. They are covering less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, however they are home about 25% of marine life. Due to this characteristic, they are known as a rainforests of the ocean. The main structure of a reef is tiny animals called polyps that have hard outer skeleton made of calcium. They grow in warm, shallow and moving water and they grow just 0.3 cm

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    The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef: The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is from June to October. This season offers some key advantages for travellers. Temperatures are good that will not be too cold on people or hot, which means clearer waters and better diving conditions. Everything in between this period of time is going to be cheaper and no expensive. The best time to visit depending on the weather: June-October: in this time 60◦F (15◦C or maybe less) that will be good

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    definition, The Great Barrier Reef is a seamless example of a heritage site that not only has past inheritance involved to it but also is a prototypical act of nature which warrants be protecting and preserving. The Great Barrier Reef was listed as a World Heritage Site on 26 October1981, globally perceived by the World Heritage Committee for its extraordinary and magnificent beauty. Some of those attributes have been further explained. • It is one of the world's biggest coral reef ecosystem, spreading

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    One of the earth’s most diverse and unique ecosystems, the coral reef, is dwindling due to anthropogenic stressors. Coral reefs across the globe provide habitat to approximately 550,000 to 1.3 million different species of organisms (Wear and Thurber 15). Although reefs can take thousands of years to form, over just the past 27 years, the world’s largest coral reef, The Great Barrier Reef, has seen its coral cover decline by over 50% (Kroon 1987). What is causing such an immense deterioration and

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    Australia contains the world’s largest reef system stretching 2,000 kilometers along the northeastern coasts (“Australia’s Great Barrier”). The extremely ancient Great Barrier Reef, hosting millions of living things has been studied to be as much as twenty million years old. The area of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland combined would still be smaller than the Great Barrier Reef, which can be seen from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most diverse ecosystems on

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    The Great Barrier Reef is actually the largest living thing on Earth. In fact, it can even be seen from space. The only problem with reefs is that they can only survive under a certain temperature range. If the temperature is too low or too high for the reefs, this causes the algae, which gives the coral their beautiful and bright colors, to leave the coral, and therefore causing the coral to become bleached (National Ocean Service). This is exactly what has happened this year. Data has recently

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    It stretches more than 2,300 kilometres along the state of Queensland coastline. The Great Barrier Reef, is well known for the colourful reefs, intricate architecture and providence of a home for a tremendous amount of plants and animals. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth, and can be seen from outer space. Climate change is caused by surrounded excess of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere. The

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    trophic level being the decomposers. The ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef is a fragile balance, with a food chain that has several points, in which each one is reliant on one another. The Great Barrier Reef’s coordinates are 18.2871° S, 147.6992° E. The Reef has a huge amount of flora

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