The Great Barrier Reef The Great

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					The Great Barrier Reef
         Basic Facts
   Located off Northeastern Australia
   1,240 miles long
   More than 2,800 reefs
   1,500 species of fish
   359 types of hard coral
   33% of the world's soft corals            Dugong (Sea Cow)
   175 bird species
   6 of the 7 species of threatened
    marine turtle
   More than 30 species of marine
    mammals including vulnerable
    dugongs
   Only living thing on earth visible
    from space!                          Green turtle hatchling.
   2 million visitors each year.        Photo: Mark Hallam
     Reef Tourism
 Marine tourism industry is a major
contributor to the local and Australian economy
  generating over $4.228 billion per year in 2003
 Possible Vacation Activities:
   – Day tours
   – Overnight and extended tours
   – Snorkeling
   – Scuba diving and fishing charters
   – Long range roving tours
   – Aircraft or helicopter tours
   – Bare boats (self-sail)
   – Glass-bottomed boat viewing
   – Educational trips
   – Cruise ships
   – Beach hire and water sports
   – Passenger ferries
   – Whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
Dangers to the Reef

   Global warming
   Human activity
    – Runoff from mining and farming that
      goes into the ocean
    – Petroleum leaks
    – Fertilizers from land near GBR
    – Overfishing
To Learn More…

   http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/touris
    m_overview.php
   http://sitemaker.umich.edu/gc2sec7la
    bgroup3/pollution

				
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