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The Great Barrier Reef

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  1. The Great Barrier Reef Joshua Volkan

  2. Location • In the Coral Sea off the northeast coast of Australia • 347,800 Kilometers in size • That’s bigger than the UK, Holland, and Switzerland combined • 2,300 Kilometers long • Big enough to be seen from outer space

  3. Interesting Numbers • 2900 different reefs comprise to make The Great Barrier Reef • 1500 different species of fish • 4000 species of mollusks • 500 species of sea weed • 215 different types of birds • 6 different types of sea turtles

  4. Coral Bleaching • Zooxanthellae (tiny algae) live in tissue of coral • These Zooxanthellae give the coral its color and energy to grow • When water temperatures get too warm, coral release the Zooxanthellae • The result is a bleached coral

  5. Global Warming • As the world overall temperature over the next several years is predicted to rise more and more coral reefs will die • It has been said that humans are a great cause on global warming and indirectly killing beautiful reefs • If temperatures continue to increase at the rate they are, all the coral in the world, as we know it, will likely perish.