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Flying over the Great Barrier Reef seems rather impressive

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Underwater view of (healthy) coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Note how blue the water is above it.

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Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
While bleaching occurs naturally, scientists are concerned that rising sea temperatures caused by global warming magnifies the damage, leaving sensitive underwater ecosystems unable to recover.

Warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday.

Their finding of the die-off in the reef’s north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year.

“The coral is essentially cooked,” professor Andrew Baird, a researcher at James Cook University who was part of the reef surveys, told Reuters by telephone from Townsville in Australia’s tropical north.

He said the die-off was “almost certainly” the largest ever recorded anywhere because of the size of the Barrier Reef, which at 348,000 sq km (134,400 sq miles) is the biggest coral reef in the world.

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Omfg Pauline Hanson saying she’s fed up with being tolerant but I’m struggling to think of an instance where she has actually been tolerant. Show me the receipts Pauline. Why must PH continue to be the bane of my state and existence? 

Don’t even get me started on denying the effects of climate change  BY VISITING HEALTHY AREAS OF THE REEF TO REFUTE THE DAMAGE CORAL BLEACHING HAS DONE. WOOOOOW. It’s almost like if you visit an area unaffected by environmental damage you’re not going to see any fucking environmental damage.

smh.

/rant over

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2016 saw the worst coral bleaching and coral death event on the Great Barrier Reef ever recorded, but it’s not the only time it has happened. There are regular coral bleaching events now as the waters surrounding the reef warm. This video, taken in 2012, shows a few bleached corals in-between healthy corals -a  reef of moderate health here.

Snowing eggs and plankton falling from the water column; (Fungia sp) this coral uses a layer of mucous located on the surface of its tissue, as a sort of ‘conveyor belt’ to transport trapped food directly into it’s stomach.

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Great Barrier Reef fish says hello.

Flew from this paradise to Brisbane and realised I didn’t want to start the year in that hell hole without the mob of weirdos that make my day every time I see them. Managed to grab some last minute Falls Festival tickets basically half price just a couple of hours before walking into the festival, and got to bring in the new year with my favorite bunch of people in the world 🌏

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