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Rival to the Great Barrier Reef Found

Discussion in 'Earth and Environmental Science' started by SatNavSaysStraightOn, 29 Aug 2015.

  1. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Well-Known Geek

  2. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon Active Geek

    I haven't seen that before. It looks amazing. I read somewhere, that we know less about what is under the sea, than we do about the moon.
     
  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    If it's in the telegraph it's probably made up or inaccurate..
     
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  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I've read a few reports on this now and can't quite see what is so great about this newly discovered reef.

    Seems it has good diversity although can't find anywhere if they know the scale of it.
     
  5. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon Active Geek


    I understand the significance of this reef is the fact that parts of the barrier reef are being destroyed by some kind of starfish? Not sure its starfish, but some kind of animal that scours the reef and kills everything, so the fact that this one is intact is great.
     
  6. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I think you will find that it's, unsurprisingly, humans....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-29705818
     
  7. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon Active Geek

    Not just humans. Humans have impacted all over the oceans but this creature is also having a bad effect Screenshot_2015-08-31-08-08-41.png
     
  8. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Swathes of coral have been killed by the crown-of-thorns, a starfish which has flourished partly because of fertilisers seeping into the sea from farm run-off.
     
  9. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon Active Geek

    Absolutely. As I said above not just humans. It is unfortunate that one leads to the other. The Australian government should have done something a long time ago, especially when you think the barrier reef is an integral and one of the best known places on/in/around the continent.

    it's such a waste.
     
  10. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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