The Great Barrier Resort
A Danger to the Environment
The Beauty of the Reef
As the worlds larges coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef is quite a sight. It contains over 3000 reef systems that each fit the needs of thousands of marine animals. It lives up to the standards of being one of the seven wonders of the world by displaying a colorful array of coral gardens. Almost 2 thousand unique species rely on the reef as a home and source of food and keep the reef alive.
How Have Humans Changed the Reef?
One fifth of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef looks like the picture to the left. One cause of the dying reef is aggressive fishing around the reef. This fishing causes the food chain to be disrupted and many fish leave, causing the coral to die. Farming on Australia's coast may also be harming the environment of the coral reefs. Runoff carries the chemicals used to protect plants directly into the ocean, ruining the delicate coral.
Protects the Shore
Reefs prevents flooding and natural disaster from reaching the shore.
Provides Income and Jobs
Many people are involved in saving the coral reefs by creating farms for them. The number of people in this job force is increasing.