Australia: The Great Barrier Reef

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One of Australia’s most beautiful natural gifts, is the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier reef is the world’s largest coral reef. The reef is over 500, 000 years old,¬†stretches more than 1,600 miles, and covers an area of 133,000 square miles. The coral reef is made up of over 600 islands and 300 coral cays ( coral cays are the¬†sandy islands on the surface of a coral reef). ¬†On the reef, it has a diversity¬†amount of marine life.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1500 species of fish, ¬†215 species of birds,¬†30¬†species of whales and dolphins, 360 species of corals, 1500 species of sponges, and many more. So, about¬†10 percent of the world’s total fish species can be found within the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a beautiful place to visit , it is sunny all year round , around 2 million people visit each year, and its is the best place to visit for people that like to go snorkeling, scuba diving, and sight-seeing.

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