Great Barrier Reef Has Been Declared Dead By Scientists
The Great Barrier Reef has just been declared dead by scientists at 25 million-years-old. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest single structure, it was once full of colorful life.
The coral wilderness stretches for roughly 1,400 miles over an area of roughly 133,00 square miles, making it bigger than the whole of the United Kingdom. In total, it is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands and is home to 1,625 species of fish, 3,000 mollusks, and 30 different types of whales and dolphins.
It can even be seen from outer space!
Leading environmentalist writer Rowan Jacobsen was the first one to declare the Great Barrier Reef dead: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness.
“It was 25 million years old.”
Because the oceans are getting warmer, corals expel their algae and become bare.
Without the algae, the coral can’t get any nutrients.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has said that “22 percent of the coral on the reef died due to the worst mass bleaching event on record.”
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