Great Barrier Reef
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The dying Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier is a popular tourist destination with around 2 million visitors every year. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral Reef system. It is located in the coral sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space?
Over fishing, pollution and global warming cause harm to the reef. About 1/5 of the reef has been destroyed and not recovered and also 1/4 of the reef is endangered.
The Dying Reef
Many fragile coral fish are dying because of pollution.
Over fishing means abusing the reef. More fish are caught illegally than young fish being born.
The water is getting warmer, killing large amount of cold water fish.
Pollution and Global Warming
Pollution causes water contamination. It also fills the reef with rubbish and human waste which will choke the fish. Human waste directly destroys the health and stability of the reefs ecosystem.
Furthermore, human also impact on the environment by releasing toxic gas to the air causing the change in temperature. This means the water also gets warmer and the cold water fish might die.
Angela Dang and Tepy Moth
Primary School Reseacher