The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef
Why is the Coral Reef one of the world’s 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.
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.
What value does the reef offer Australia’s 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.
Economy continued • The reef protected beach offers white sand for lazing and sparking turquoise and aqua water for snorkeling, swimming, and surfing.
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.
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.