Gallery: Australian Government Acts to Prevent Permanent Damage to Grea...


The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet and the only living thing that can be seen from space. It is also one of the cornerstones of the Australian tourism industry. However, rising CO2 levels and increasing levels of pollution are devastating the coral and a new report has stated that without prompt action there could be irreparable damage to the reef.

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  1. lazyreader May 31, 2011 at 8:30 am

    The idea is that a forest is no different from a lawn, very unassuming when seen from above. Coral reefs are constructed by animals. The Polyps grow by depositing minerals beneath itself. So most of the reefs mass is inorganic mineral deposits; Inhabitat should have done it’s research. Yes many features of nature are visible from orbit, such as the Grand Canyon, Amazon, the Reef, and other features but really that depends on magnification or resolution.

  2. salad_days May 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Not sure where this “only living thing visible from space” comes from. A reef is no more a single “living thing” than a forrest, and plenty of those are visible from space (the Amazon…).

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