Known through out the world since the only naturally built structure that could be seen in the moon, the Great Barrier Reed spans a huge distance of over 2,600 km. This natural formation constructed by billions of coral polyps is a UNESCO World Heritage and has enjoyed some of the world’s accolades as far as marine biodiversity is concerned. It is paramount in study and research of marine organisms in the Pacific region and around the world. Quite honestly, nothing is like it. It’s a behemoth on its own. It’s situated Queensland, Australia.
Life in the Great Barrier is nothing short of easy. The principle of survival of the fittest holds true; planktons supply food for the smallest fishes, which are also the feeding frenzy of smaller fishes, which are also the means of survival for the bigger ones and so on and so forth till it reaches man’s level, the maximum place in the food chain.
The reef has received so much focus from both the neighborhood Australian government as well as from international agencies promoting balance in the natural environment. It is an epitome of natural wealth and treasure which is too precious to ignore. They do what they can to preserve and protect the natural happenings of events from the reef and to lessen the potentially harmful activities that may disrupt the natural balance. The reef is nature’s gift to men; it’s too valuable to just plunder and bangle with.
The reed supports a broad selection of marine life. It is not called one of the seven natural wonders of the world for nothing. True, it amazes those who came to visit; most tourist visiting the world left with an astounding memory of something which is so expansive and an experience that is too precious and unforgettable.
Tourism from the world brings in funds for the Australian government over any other marine thing in Australia. Averaging annually at a whopping A$ 4 billion in 2003. Around 2 million people would visit the Great Barrier Reef annually that subsequently has been argued to post threat to the reef.
Something that is a enormous gift, like in the form of the Great Barrier Reef should be carefully handled. It should be cared for and considered fragile. It’s value should be well discerned in order to maintain its life and its glorious beauty.