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Title: GREAT BARRIER REEF


1
GREAT BARRIER REEF
2
Total Visitor by Year
3
STATISTICS
  • Longest coral reef in the world
  • Approximately 2000 km long
  • Consists of over 3000 reefs
  • Home to 1500 species of fish
  • Contains 400 types of hard and soft coral
  • 200 species of bird life

4
Why is the Reef important?
  • Protective habitat for marine life
  • Protects inner Australian shoreline
  • Outer edge received full force of waves
  • Provides a nursery for fish and marine life
  • Reef Organisms offer medical treatments
  • Possible bone replacement
  • Treatments for cancer and AIDS

5
Primary tourism users are
  • Dive operators
  • Island resorts
  • Cruise ships
  • Charter vessels
  • Scenic flights

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THREATS
  • Global warming
  • Coral bleaching
  • Increase in tropical storms (damage coral)
  • Crown-of-Thorns starfish
  • Natural predators of coral
  • Sediment and chemical runoff
  • Affects water quality
  • Coral disease
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