Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Australia - Great Barrier Reef (1)
Aspects of the Great Barrier Reef
The peaceful existence of a blue starfish in the pristine waters surrounding a sand cay on the Great Barrier Reef.
Sent by Carolyn, a Swap-Bot partner from Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It the world's most extensive stretch of coral reef and is probably the richest area in terms of faunal diversity in the world. Its great diversity reflects the maturity of an ecosystem which has evolved over millions of years on the north-east continental shelf of Australia. The site contains a huge diversity of species including over 1,500 species of fish, about 360 species of hard coral, 5,000 species of mollusc, and more than 175 species of bird, plus a great diversity of sponges, anemones, marine worms and crustaceans, among others.