Great Barrier Reef Helped by Rain
14 March Wednesday, 4:16 PM


The 345,000 sq km organism that is the Great Barrier has been saved from scorching and bleaching by un-seasonal torrential rain in the north of Queensland. With a recent rise in global temperature, and the reef’s fragile nature, Scientists and marine biologists had predicted that this summer would be particularly tough for the coral.

 

The world’s most protected marine environment also faces a multitude of threats from pollution, over fishing and climate fluctuations, so the recent storms in the area have been a blessed relief. It is reported that these storms have reduced the average water temperature, protecting the corals and preventing the bleaching seen in recent years. Caused by unusually warm ocean temperatures, bleaching occurs when the organisms that make up the coral dies, and leaves behind its white limestone skeleton.

At over 1,250 miles long, and in excess of 1,500 marine species, divers across the globe are celebrating this good fortune as it provides an increasingly rare year when little damage will be caused to this highly endangered marine haven.

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