loading live map...hang in there
CLOSE
Great Barrier Reef - In danger?
13 Sep 2013
Published To
Description

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world and is home to a diversity of sea life. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world (345 000 square kilometres) and is situated right on the doorstep of Airlie Beach. 

However, the reef is facing harsh punishments to its outside layers due to human interaction. The National Academy of Sciences have looked back in time to 1985 and discovered the number of living polyps have declyned from 25% to 14% within the last decade. 

The reef is constantly facing new challenges as time goes by. Such challenges are coral bleaching due to climate change, sewage and agricultural runoff flowing into the ocean as well as the Crown of thorns starfish epidemic. 

There is hope though - the Northern parts of the reef do show signs of being able to recover however for this to happen, everyone needs to work together to effectively reduce the human induced impacts that is causing our natural wonder to disapear right from under our noses.  

Comments (0)