Thursday, April 5, 2012

Learn something about Australia

Beautiful Map Postcard from Australia


Good day everyone. Lets learn more about The Great Barrier Reef!

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2600km over an area of approximately 344.400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in North-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is of such pristine condition that it was listed by the World Heritage Trust as a protected site and is therefore managed by The Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority to ensure that its beauty is maintained for many generations to come.

The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torrest Strait Islander peoples and is an important part of local groups cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating $1 billion per year.

The Great Barrier Reef supports a diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species, some of which may be endemic to the reef system.
Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in The Great Barrier Reef, including the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the humpback whale. Large populations of dugongs live there. More than 1500 fish species live on the reef, including the clownfich, red bass, red-throat emperor and several species of snapper and coral trout. oh by the way, Six species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed - the green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, flatback turtle, and the olive ridley and more!

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space

you can learn more about Australia here :)

have a nice day!


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