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The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. The reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. It stretches 1260 miles in length and can be seen from space.



The First European Explorer to Discover the Great Barrier Reef was Captain James Cook in 1768.



Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and its accessibilty from the floating guest facilities called 'live aboards', the GBR is a very popular destination for scuba divers. Many cities along the Queensland coast offer boat trips to the reef on a daily basis. Several continental islands have been turned into resorts.



The GBR is sometimes referred to as the single largest living animal being in the world. In reality it is many colonies of corals.



A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


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Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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SYDNEY, Australia -- The Australian government unveiled a plan on Sunday to try to rescue the imperiled Great Barrier Reef, pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in what would be the largest single investment for reef conservation and management in the country's history. Environment Minister ...
Great Barrier Reef to get millions in funding in budget. The Federal Budget will see Queensland's Great Barrier Reef receive $500 million in funding for jobs and the improvement of water quality. Added 11 hours ago. ...

Fight to save Great Barrier Reef. 16:23, UK, Sunday 29 April 2018. A turtle explores the Great Barrier Reef. Pic: Jayne Jenkins. Video: The Great Barrier Reef has received £275m to improve water quality amid the threat of being classed as 'endangered'.
'The biggest threat to the reef is climate change and we've got a government that continues to be hopelessly unable to take serious action on climate change,' Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said. The Federal Government has pledged more money to help deal with the problems facing the ...
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The Australian government is planning to spend AU$500 million (US$380 million, €312 million) to help restore and protect the endangered Great Barrier Reef, Australian broadcaster ABC reported Sunday. "This is the single largest investment in restoration and management in Australia's ...

AN UNPRECEDENTED plan to save the Great Barrier Reef will be unveiled in the Federal Budget with a rescue package totalling hundreds of millions of dollars. The funding will be well over the $400 million reported today and include measures to eradicate crown-of-thorns starfish, coral bleaching ...
The Hindu Science Quiz: Of the Great Barrier Reef. A S Nazir Ahamed · Shubashree Desikan. April 26, 2018 08:30 IST. Updated: April 27, 2018 21:09 IST. Share Article; PRINT; A A A ... Stretching more than 2,000 km, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living ecosystem. Take this quiz to know more.
All of this recently happened, more or less, off the east coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef--which, at 1,400 miles long, is the longest and largest coral reef in the world--was blanketed by dangerously hot water in the summer of 2016. This heat strangled and starved the corals, causing what has ...
Walk in a rain forest, see the Great Barrier Reef and learn ancient stories as told by indigenous peoples on a four-day Australia vacation organized by Touring ... Helicopter rides will fly above the Great Barrier Reef and focus on islands and areas where whale, manta ray and turtle sightings are common.
But one's adoptive country gradually exerts its own influence, as it inevitably will. I've grown to care and even fret about things closer at hand. I'd be more concerned now about the ailing The Great Barrier Reef than say if summer actually arrives in any given year in Ireland. We don't really have much choice ...
A virtual reality theatre show that took three years to curate, with help from specialists in marine biology, will take you to the Great Barrier Reef. The creation of Frogman has included underwater film shoots in Australia and Indonesia and was made in close collaboration with schools from Hull and Backbone ...
... in a lab. According to a press release from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the film could block out as much as 30 percent of the sunlight penetrating the corals. ... "The surface film provided protection and reduced the level of bleaching in most [coral] species," Anna Marsden from the Great Barrier Reef ...
It's considered to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world: Australia's Great Barrier Reef. But, triggered by climate change, cyclones and coral extinctions are threatening this special ecosystem. Is there still a chance for it to be saved?
SYDNEY, Australia — Two American tourists were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed near a coral-viewing site on the Great Barrier Reef off northeastern Australia, the authorities said. The helicopter, operated by Whitsunday Air Services, was heading to a popular sightseeing pontoon ...
A three-year marine heat wave extended from June 2014 to May 2017, with warm ocean waters wreaking havoc on some of the world's most valuable ecosystems: the coral reefs. For the Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Australia, the marine heat wave resulted in severe bleaching events in ...
An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to protect the Great Barrier Reef from environmental degradation, researchers said on Tuesday. The World Heritage-listed site is reeling from coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures. Scientists from ...

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has met with senior members of the team behind the program to encourage them to film in Queensland for its milestone 50th season next year. She called for them to focus on areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, the outback and rainforests. Ms Palaszczuk said Sesame ...
A DIVE operator aboard a boat on the Great Barrier Reef has captured the amazing moment the crew were treated to an unusual weather event. Four waterspouts were spotted 65km north-east of Port Douglas on Saturday morning, with the phenomenon lasting about 20 minutes. For dive operator Kai ...
Too hot for turtle guys: Great Barrier Reef is dangerously warm for male green sea turtles. Because of warming climates, green sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef are having female babies almost exclusively. This could ... Male turtles hatch from just one percent of the eggs around the Great Barrier Reef.
When Josh Smith took to the sky to photograph the grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef, he knew something had to be done. The aerial photographer has been obsessed with the world's largest living structure ever since he first flew over it in the early 2000s. After recent bleaching events Smith has made it ...
Photographer Joshua Smith's latest project, The Reef, is an aerial exploration of his experience with Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Smith's hope is to raise awareness of Australia's connection with the reef and the impact humans have on it. The series is the the fifth instalment of Down Under from Above, ...
Visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef will be forced to wear life vests if they are deemed to be "at-risk" swimmers, a new safety code says. The rules are a response the deaths of 10 people - including at least four foreign tourists - on the reef in 2016. Under the Queensland state code, tourism operators will ...
The Great Barrier Reef is in "deep trouble" as climate change and other threats mount, hindering the ability of corals to rebound from natural events, a senior scientist with the reef's Marine Park Authority said. Unprecedented back-to-back mass coral bleachings resulted in 29 per cent of the shallow water ...
On a recent trip to Heron Island, a speck of sand and foliage on the southern end of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, I found myself on a walking tour of the local birdlife. My group's guide was young, determinedly friendly, and seemed to feel not a little trapped. She looked as though she might, at any moment, ...
BEAUTIFUL corals are being choked by shopping bags, fishing nets and dirty nappies as 11 billion bits of plastic wash over precious reefs. The shocking way plastic is sickening the fragile structures from Thailand to Australia's Great Barrier Reef reveals yet another threat to the iconic marine paradises.
Access into preservation or pink zones, which provide high level protection within the marine park, is not permitted without formal written permission from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, except in an emergency. “The conduct in respect of the control of the vessel is … quite simply appalling,” Mr ...
US tourists Tom and Eileen Lonergan were reported missing two days after being accidently left at the Great Barrier Reef during scuba diving expedition on chartered dive boat Outer Edge. Tom Lonergan's scuba vest was found at Indian Head. It took two days before the alarm was raised, prompting a ...
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $60m rescue package for the Great Barrier Reef which includes research on developing “resilient” coral, and paying farmers to pollute less. The package, to be spent over 18 months, will also include an increased number of reef officers and vessels targeting crown of ...
Legendary naturalist David Attenborough, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, turns his attention to one of the most astonishing places in the world in David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef. It airs on the Smithsonian Channel Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.. Give us your feedback, please. Monitor's Best: Top 5 ...
JCU research leader Dr Robin Beaman started the project in 2009. “The Great Barrier Reef data is the first in a series of '30-metre' datasets that will be released as part of this project. This represents the highest resolution depth model of the Great Barrier Reef to date,” he said. The maps cover the entire ...
A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers “a dick”, blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset. Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents ...
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has issued the ban after the commercial line fishers were convicted of multiple illegal fishing offences during a 10-month period. All of the offences occurred at Swain Reefs, which extend from 110km to 250km offshore from the Gladstone-Rockhampton area.
Male sea turtles are disappearing from Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A new study of gender ratios found that 99 percent of immature green turtles born in the northern part of the reef are female. Among adult turtles, 87 percent are female, suggesting there has been a shift in gender ratios during the past few ...
The scientific research was facilitated through the Great Barrier Reef Rivers to Reef to Turtles project, which WWF-Australia leads, with WWF's Marine Species Project Manager Christine Hof also being a scientific researcher in the study. WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman said Australians, and many people around the ...
Reef tourism operators have written to federal ministers asking them to withdraw funding of anti-coal activist scientists who “preach doom” and repeatedly suggest the Great Barrier Reef is dead and dying. But Professor Terry Hughes, a world-renowned coral scientist, says reef operators are “scared s---less” ...
A new study of sea turtles that live near the Great Barrier Reef has found that populations closest to the equator, where the temperatures are warmest, have been producing over 99 percent females for two decades. While turtles have obviously weathered changing climates in the past, the current rate of ...
A MANTA ray that came to visit a Great Barrier Reef pontoon decided to play up for the camera. The ray snapped by a cameraman from Calypso Underwater Imagery at Sunlover Reef's pontoon at Arlington Reef on Friday morning. A manta ray performing barrel rolls in front of a photographer at the ...
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is being devoured by an outbreak of deadly starfish in yet another setback for the already suffering World Heritage Site. An increase in the population of crown-of-thorns starfish has spiraled so out of control that instead of helping the famous chain of colorful corals, they are ...
There's new hope for ailing parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef - assisted reproductive technology. Researchers have been ... Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has been collecting the coral spawn off Heron Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It is then placed into tanks, where ...
We have already warmed up the sea enough to make the Great Barrier Reef sick with “coral bleaching”. Maybe you have heard of this? It means that the lovely, brightly coloured coral on the reef gets too hot, then turns white and can die. Lots of corals on the reef have already died in this way. It is very, very ...
It was to spend the time crisscrossing the 3,000 coral shoals and pinnacles of the Great Barrier Reef to look for traces of what they most feared to see: coral bleaching. This kind of survey work is grueling, demanding constant concentration amid intense heat and engine noise. The scientists spend hour after ...
Off the northeastern coast of Australia, I stood on the deck of a dive-boat watching whitecaps under a blue sky, excited that my 13-year-old son and I were on our way to the Great Barrier Reef. We listened on deck with dozens of other scuba divers and snorkelers as one of the crew members gave a pre-dive ...
It is no longer news that the Great Barrier Reef has suffered extreme bleaching. In early 2016, we heard that the reef had suffered the worst bleaching ever recorded. Surveys published in June that year estimated that 93% of coral on the vast northern section of the reef was bleached, and 22% had already ...
Our data suggest that this effect may also be occurring among poachers in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP)." He said it was a dangerous trend, because fishers who know poachers can also be 'contaminated' if they begin to think the bad behavior is widespread. "People who know a poacher ...
Fish poo could hold the answer to tackling the large numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish eating their way through the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville have been collecting samples to try and identify fish which eat the native starfish. Outbreaks of ...
The marine ecosystem more endangered than the Great Barrier Reef ... A study led by The Nature Conservancy, the study found more than 90 per cent of shellfish reefs have disappeared off the nation's coastlines and those remaining are more endangered than the Great Barrier Reef. A Tasmanian Blenny ...
Malcolm Turnbull has declared the Great Barrier Reef is “alive” and “resilient” as he announces a $60 million funding boost to protect the reef from global warming damage. The Prime Minister criticised ongoing negativity about the health of the reef in North Queensland, saying it undermined its ability to ...
The future isn't looking good for the Great Barrier Reef, with rising water temperatures leading to coral bleaching that has decimated much of the natural wonder. The Australian government announced Monday how it'll help the ailing reef with AU$60 million ($48 million, £34 million) over the next 18 months.
The Australian government's new plan to save the Great Barrier Reef won't work, say environmental groups. On Monday, the government pledged an extra A$60 million in funding to protect the natural icon. Most of the funding will go towards removing crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and ...


 

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