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Great Barrier Reef: Coral reef system off the east coast of Australia, World Heritage Site
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows record devastation: Scientists [Video]

Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows record devastation: Scientists

New aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show unprecedented levels of coral bleaching.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:00Published

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