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Amazing curiosities about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral agglomeration on Earth. 

It stretches over 2300 kilometres from Bundaberg almost to Papua New Guinea and encompasses an incredible diversity of ecosystems. 

This natural wonder is home to more than 1500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, 4000 species of molluscs and a myriad of other marine organisms. The coral reef is a place of extraordinary beauty, with its crystal-clear waters, tropical islands and white sandy beaches. It is a paradise for divers and snorkellers, thanks to its wealth of underwater fauna and flora. 

The Great Barrier Reef is also an important indicator of the health of our planet. Here are some curiosities you may not have known about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest agglomeration of coral on Earth. The reef is a place of extraordinary beauty, with its crystal-clear waters, tropical islands and white sandy beaches. It is a paradise for divers and snorkellers, thanks to its wealth of underwater flora and fauna. The Great Barrier Reef is also an important indicator of the health of our planet. Here are some facts you may not have known about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. (Source: wikipedia, focusjunior.it)
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The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
This natural wonder is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of molluscs and a myriad of other marine organisms.
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The largest coral on Earth
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral agglomeration on Earth. It stretches over 2300 kilometres from Bundaberg almost to Papua New Guinea and encompasses an incredible diversity of ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef covers a sea area of 344 000 km² and is larger than the whole of Italy.
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A paradise for divers and snorkelers
It is a paradise for divers and snorkellers, thanks to its wealth of underwater fauna and flora.
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Discovered by James Cook
In 1768, the British navigator James Cook set off on his first voyage to the Pacific. James Cook was also asked to discover the southern continent, or Terra Australis, which scientists believed should exist to balance the land mass of the northern hemisphere. Thus, sailing south-west from Tahiti, Cook discovered New Zealand, and took six months to draw its map.
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It is even visible from the moon.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is 2600 km long and is the largest living structure on Earth, visible even from the Moon.
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Protection for people
Coral reefs protect human populations living along the coast from waves and storms, acting as buffers between the ocean and the communities of people living in villages near the beaches
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Colorful corals
The vivid hues that give coral its distinctive appearance come from algae. Only coral that is alive has colour. Coral that is white, on the other hand, is dead.
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Protection for the animals that live there
The Great Barrier Reef, declared a World Heritage Site in 1981, was integrated into Australia's national heritage in 2007. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protects it, seeking to minimise the effect of human activities such as fishing and tourism. There are particularly protected areas of the reef where fishing is restricted to certain zones only and the animals that inhabit it, such as whales, green turtles and dugongs, are strongly protected.
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An important indicator of the health of our planet
The Great Barrier Reef is also an important indicator of the health of our planet. Threats such as climate change, pollution and overfishing are putting this unique ecosystem at risk, making the protection and preservation of the reef essential.
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