The Great Barrier Reef is threatened by climate change, due to our lack of responsibility towards the global warming problem. This reef is about 25 million years old, being considered the widest vivid structure on Earth. This living structure can be seen from outer space. This spectacular creature is decaying for more than 35 years when scientists have first announced that the Great Barrier Reef will be in danger. Because of climate change, a lot of creatures are threatened by extinction or their habitat is on the verge of destruction.
- Scientists are worried due to the great decay of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Thousands of species depend on this living structure.
The irresponsibility of mankind is only slowly killing innocent beings together on this planet which is always wasting all its resources. A significant decay was registered when specialists have analyzed the ecosystem of the reef. Mass fatalities are affecting the well-being of this spectacular living structure. The Great Barrier Reef represents a model of biodiversity, being measured at one thousand four hundred miles long.
This represents the habitat of over two thousands nine hundred coral reefs. It is the home of almost three thousand species of mollusk and about 1,625 species of fish. Four hundred fifty species of coral depend on the survival of this reef, as well as thirty species of dolphins and whales and approximately two hundred species of birds. This structure represents the biggest breeding location of green turtles.
On October 26, specialists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies developing at James Cook University in Queensland have argued that the underwater heatwave which touched the Great Barrier Reef has resulted in a lot of dramatic damages. Dr. Greg Torda has claimed that the number of corals situated in the north of the Great Barrier Reef has decreased in number because of the heatwave which devastated many underwater living creatures’ habitats.
The heat which was registered in March has slowly killed a lot of species of animals which were considering the reef their home. The heatwave caused a severe discoloration of the reef. This spectacular garden of underwater life has lately displayed the signs of destruction and death. Scientists are apprehensive about all the creatures living in the Great Barrier Reef. Due to high temperatures, the algae responsible for feeding the corals started to generate a larger quantity of oxygen which became toxic.
The first time when scientists have realized the deterioration process on the Great Barrier Reef was in 1981 when UNESCO has named this living structure to be the World Heritage Site.
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