GREAT BARRIER REEF By: Kelly Deng 7B
LOCATION OF GREAT BARRIER REEF The great barrier reef is located in north-eastern Australia. It stretches along Queensland coastline at the tip of Cape York Peninsula to Bundaberg in the south.
HISTORY (background information) • The barrier reef was formed by dead corals generations after another in the end they formed a great wall of stone. After the wall was formed living organisms started to form like coral, algae, anemones, sponges, fish, worms, starfish, turtles, molluscs, snakes, crustaceans and other extraordinary creatures. • The first evidence of Europeans sighting the Great Barrier Reef was French on 6 June 1768.But they did not sail the whole of the barrier reef and they missed Australia. The first person to actually sailed along the whole of the barrier reef is James cook.
Why So Famous? • It is home to over 1500 species of fish, about 400 species of corals, 4000 species of molluscs, 215 species of birds, 6 species of sea turtles . • It has a rich diversity of marine life, including the beautiful natural colours. • It is also a water paradise for divers and snorkelers.
Interesting facts • The great barrier reef can be seen from outer space. • It is the largest great barrier reef in the world. • The great barrier reef is composed of 900 islands. • It is one of the seven wonders of the world. • About 10% of the worlds fish if found in the great barrier reef.