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'The Great Barrier Reef" by Matt K. Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Great Barrier Reef By: Matt K.
  • 2. The Largest Coral Reef in the World
  • 3. Where in the World?
    • The Great Barrier Reef is located off the northeastern coast of Australia and it stretches 1,250 miles.
    • Some of the reef is visible from above water, but most of its beauty is visible from underwater.
  • 4. What in the World?
    • There are many different kinds of coral. There is hard coral and soft coral.
    • A reef is made up of coral, which are tiny organisms that grow, harden, and die. But then new coral grows on top of that and the cycle repeats for a very long time.
    • Fish and other animals come to live by the reef.
  • 5. Life in The Reef
    • There are 1,500 species of fish such as clown fish, triggerfish, coral trout, cuttlefish, red bass, and snappers.
    • There are 600 species of echinoderms such as starfish, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.
    • There are 360 different types of hard and soft coral.
  • 6. Life in The Reef (continued)
    • There are also other unique sea species that live on the reef, such as nudibranch, anemones, snails, seahorses, flatworms, and pipefish.
    • Some other species that visit the reef seasonally are bottlenose dolphins, dwarf minke whales, sea turtles, and porpoises.
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  • 11. Tourism / Snorkeling
    • The Great Barrier Reef is very popular for tourism and a very popular activity is snorkeling.
    • Snorkeling is a very good way to see the coral and marine life in the reef.
    • And it’s lots of fun!
  • 12. Tourism/scuba diving
    • Another popular activity is scuba diving.
    • Scuba diving is another way of seeing the reef.
    • It gives you a better look at the reef at a lower depth.
  • 13. Protecting The Reef
    • The coral in The Great Barrier Reef is very fragile. Snorkelers and scuba divers should not touch any coral because it could kill the coral.
    • Human sweat and sun tan lotion that comes off of people can also damage the coral.
    • The exhaust from boats and ships is bad for the coral, they also have to stay clear from any coral.
    • An oil spill from a ship would do a lot of damage to the coral and marine life.
  • 14. Fun Facts
    • The Great Barrier Reef is the only natural structure that you can see from space.
    • Full grown coral will eat baby coral.
    • If you cut yourself on coral and you don’t clean it, the coral will grow inside your skin.
    • The Great Barrier Reef can only live in water 68 degrees Farenheit or higher.
  • 15. Fun Facts (continued)
    • The reef’s origin dates back to the last ice age.
    • Taking coral from the reef is illegal.
    • Giant clams live in The Great Barrier Reef, too. A pearl from a giant clam sold for $10,000,000.
    • As recently as April 4, 2010, a Chinese cargo ship hit a portion of The Great Barrier Reef, and caused a 2-ton oil leak.
  • 16. The End
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    • Royalty Free Music from Soundzabound.com
    • “ Sonata in A Major” by Mozart
    • Performed by Soundzabound
  • 18. The Great Barrier Reef By: Matt K.