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The Great Barrier Reef is touted as the world’s largest living structure and is the world’s best place to visit this year according to US News and World Report. Spread over an area of 2300 km, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the few things that is even visible from space. It is home to 900 islands and several species of marine life. The Reef generates over 5 bn AUSD in a year thanks to tourism as 1.9 mn tourists visit it annually. Without a doubt, it is one of the top spots in most travelers’ bucket-list of places to see before you die. And so, when an obituary of the Great Barrier Reef was published a few days ago, it went viral. It highlighted the fact that the Reef lived from 25 Million BC-2016 with before-and-after photographs of the dying reef. However, according to experts, the Reef is not dead, yet! This does not however mean that it is not in danger. The Great Barrier Reef has been severely damaged and is in grave danger. Parts of it are dead already but continued conservation efforts can still save it. The article was a wake-up call to the world that if nothing is done, the Reef , we will soon lose it. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 14-month-old Toddler Dies of COVID-19 in Jamnagar
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The Great Barrier Reef is primarily affected by global warming. When the water remains warm for longer duration, it causes the corals to bleach out, not just fading their color but also leading to algal growth. If temperatures don’t go down, the coral bleaching will continue, causing more corals to die, affecting other marine life as well and eventually leading to the death of the world’s largest living structure. We may not be able to save the Reef directly but our actions can certainly have an impact on it and on the environment. Let’s not give up on the Great Barrier Reef yet and let it live for as long as it can.
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