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Coral reef system off the east coast of Australia, World Heritage Site

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Great Barrier Reef: Coral reef system off the east coast of Australia, World Heritage Site
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 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

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'Massive' Coral Reef Discovered In Australia [Video]

'Massive' Coral Reef Discovered In Australia

A "massive" coral reef measuring approximately 1,600 feet has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. According to CNN, the newly found reef system is taller than some of the world's highest..

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Half of the Great Barrier Reef Has Been Killed Due to Global Warming [Video]

Half of the Great Barrier Reef Has Been Killed Due to Global Warming

The alarming findings were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society Journal on Wednesday.

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Great Barrier Reef may never recover from warming [Video]

Great Barrier Reef may never recover from warming

[NFA] Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral in the last three decades and scientists fear the loss caused by frequent bleaching will compromise its ability to recover. Emer..

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Asia travellers snap up 'flights to nowhere' [Video]

Asia travellers snap up 'flights to nowhere'

Qantas Airways said a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef had sold out in 10 minutes, as it joined a growing trend in Asia offering sightseeing "flights to nowhere"..

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Australia's First Underwater Hotel Lets You Sleep Next To Fish In The Great Barrier Reef [Video]

Australia's First Underwater Hotel Lets You Sleep Next To Fish In The Great Barrier Reef

Fancy actually sleeping with the fishes? Australia's first underwater hotel allows guests to sleep next to fish in the Great Barrier Reef. Offered by marine tourism agency Cruise Whitsundays,..

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Eco-tourism operators and Great Barrier Reef to receive share of $61 million funding boost

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Australian scientists grow heat, bleach resistant coral

Australian scientists have successfully bred a coral capable of resisting rising temperatures linked to the mass bleaching of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
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Study finds 160 ways to protect the Great Barrier Reef

From cloud brightening to heat-tolerant corals, a study has identified 160 possible interventions that could help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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Scientists trial 'cloud brightening' to protect the Great Barrier Reef from further bleaching

Scientists are testing whether spraying atomised seawater over the Great Barrier Reef could cool its waters and stop further coral bleaching.
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The Great Barrier Reef just suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is more widespread than ever before after record high temperatures in February.
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Man dies after Great Barrier Reef shark attack

A young man has died in hospital after a shark mauled him near a Great Barrier Reef island that's seen two other attacks in recent months.
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Young man dead after Qld shark attack

A young man has died in hospital after a shark mauled him near a Great Barrier Reef island that's seen two other attacks in recent months.
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'Severe' bleaching on Great Barrier Reef

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is more widespread than ever before after record high temperatures in February.
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Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching sightings reach 250 in one month

Water temperatures at the Great Barrier Reef in March will determine the extent of the latest coral bleaching after 250 sightings were reported in February.
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'We’re just on the knife’s edge': Scientists say Great Barrier Reef mass bleaching could be imminent

Scientists are warning the Great Barrier Reef could experience its third mass coral bleaching event in five years.
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Travel bans, bushfires an 'unprecedented' blow for tourism

The coronavirus outbreak, which has shut down arrivals from China, has so far cost Cairns and Great Barrier Reef operators 25,000 direct bookings worth $10 million.
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Reefs around the world facing same threats as Great Barrier Reef due to climate change

Scientists observing Australia’s reef say the more they work on it, the more problems they find, as a delegation of experts visiting from overseas says their reefs are also being impacted.
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Climate change has diminished the Great Barrier Reef's 'outstanding values,' report shows

The Great Barrier Reef’s “outstanding universal value” is diminishing because of climate change, the government says.
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UNESCO Barrier Reef report says 'outstanding values' have worsened

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef management agencies to UNESCO says it is critical to keep atmospheric temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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Queensland rejects court ruling on Great Barrier Reef shark culls

The Queensland government has called on the federal government to change a law to allow it continue baiting and killing sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.
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Great Barrier Reef outlook 'very poor' as scientists warn of climate change threat

The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is "very poor" and will not improve unless global action is taken to address climate change, a new report has warned.
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This floating pumice raft in the Pacific could help save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is set to receive a restocking of new coral in eight months thanks to a pumice raft which is estimated to rival the size of Manhattan.
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'Super survivor' coral brings hope to beleaguered Great Barrier Reef

Can the work of a young English marine biologist help save the Great Barrier Reef? Fingers crossed.
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Great Barrier Reef agency breaks government ties to warn of climate warning

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says an urgent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is needed to protect the future of the reef.
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Campaign kicks off to make Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen

A campaign backed by plenty of Australian celebrities has kicked off with the aim of making the Great Barrier Reef an Australian Citizen - granting it protections that would save it from harm.
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86 per cent of Great Barrier Reef contaminated with microfibres

Surprising new research suggests about 86 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is contaminated with microfibres.
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