Environment Scientists Announce That The Great Barrier Reef is Officially “Terminal”

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  1. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    Why care about reefs? In a word—biodiversity. The reef is home to 3,000 varieties of mollusks, over a hundred types of jellyfish, 1,625 species of fish, hundreds of shark and ray species, and over 30 kinds of whales and dolphins. These sea creatures call the soft and hard corals that make up the reef “home.” And without it, many of them will die.

    If that’s not enough, it has the distinction of being the largest living structure on the planet.

    The Great Barrier Reef is home to 3,000 individual coral reefs stretching across a staggering 2,575 kilometers (1,600 miles), covering an area of about 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 square miles.)

    Unfortunately, because of back to back mass bleaching events, scientists are telling us that the massive, impressive Australian Great Barrier Reef is now at a ‘terminal stage’—with large portions having no hope of recovery.

    Mass bleaching, a phenomenon caused by global warming, is prompted when the water warms to a point that corals begin ejecting the symbiotic algae in their tissue, essential for their survival. Throughout history, there have only been four instances of this occurrence, and after such an event, it will take decades to recover.

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  2. iPeez

    iPeez Hot food far all world wide!

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_threats_to_the_Great_Barrier_Reef

    At least this beauty will remain untouched by oily hands for now!

    I highly recommend this documentary for anyone interested.
    It offers insight in both the threats the natural wonder faces and great film of it's diversity and life.

    http://attenboroughsreef.com/
     
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