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Title: The Great Barrier Reef


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The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Great Barrier Reef

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Why is the Coral Reef one of the worlds natural
wonders?
  • The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural
    wonders of the world.
  • It is home to thousands of species of plants and
    animals.
  • The reef itself provides food, pearls, treasure
    from shipwrecks, and tourism.

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Natural wonder continued
  • It is of great interest to the scientific and
    medical communities of the world.
  • Treatments for cancer, AIDS, asthma, arthritis,
    and other infections are being researched from
    organisms found in coral reefs.

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What value does the reef offer Australias
economy?
  • The reef is very important to Australia's
    economy.
  • It provides food and jobs.
  • 80 of the land along the reef supports
    agriculture - from fisheries to cattle grazing to
    crops.

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Economy continued
  • The reef protected beach offers white sand for
    lazing and sparking turquoise and aqua water for
    snorkeling, swimming, and surfing.

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How is the reef indanger?
  • The reef is in danger.
  • Run-off from land based agriculture, urban
    development, and aquaculture have all done their
    part to damage the reef.
  • Oil spills and normal pollution from private
    boats and thousands of commercial vessels have
    damaged it.

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Danger continued..
  • Tourists have damaged it.
  • Infestation and disease have damaged it.
  • Rather than use the passageways provided, ships
    push their way through the reef to save time and
    money.
  • Sections of the reef are already dead. Other
    sections are dying.

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