100 Places you Need to Visit: the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Posted on September 10, 2012


Our planet is filled with natural splendor and man-made marvels.  As the leading publisher of maps of every area in the US and worldwide, we at MarketMAPS want to celebrate our world.  We move our series over-seas and look at one of the greatest aquatic wonders on earth: the Great Barrier Reef. 

 The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, stretching over 1,600 miles.  The Reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia and is so big that it can be seen from outer space.  It is the single largest structure on earth created by a living organism.

As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef has quite the reputation to live up to, and its abundance of life and natural beauty certainly satisfy.  The Reef is an important part of the Australian ecosystem, and plays a role in the lives of Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Reef supports thirty species of whale, dolphin, and porpoises; over 1,500 species of fish; various sea snakes, and sea turtles—just to name a few.  Birds and even marine crocodiles live and use the Reef as a habitat and feeding ground.  The islands of the Great Barrier Reef also support 2,195 known plant species; three of these are endemic. The Whitsunday region is the most diverse, supporting 1,141 species.

 Like any other natural wonder, however, the Great Barrier Reef is threatened.  Pollution and climate change contribute to the destruction of the Reef, as do unsustainable fishing practices.  A breed of starfish also preys upon the coral polyps that make up the Reef.  In 2000, an outbreak of the crown-of-thorns starfish contributed to the loss of 66% of live coral cover on sampled reefs.


The Great Barrier Reef is a beautiful stop on any world trip.  Mark your journeys and plan your trips with maps from MarketMAPS.  We provide wall maps, map books, and digital maps of any area in the USA and the world.


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