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Great Barrier Reef

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At a length of 1,550 miles (2,500 km) along the northeastern coast of Australia, with more than 400 types of coral, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world. This rich, silent sanctuary of submarine life was declared a marine park in 1979 (comprising 15 percent of the world’s protected sea surface) and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. The Great Barrier Reef harbors more than 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 mollusks, as well as such animals as the endangered dugong (sea cow) and six of the seven species of sea turtle. In total there are more than 800 coral species in the world, providing habitats for 4,000 different species of fish. Essential for the protection of coastlines and ocean fauna, the reefs supply a wide range of products and services to coastal populations: food, building materials, tourist revenue. It is now estimated that the monetary value of coral ecosystems is over $375 billion. This means that the protection of coral reefs is of vital economic as well as ethical importance.


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