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The Great Barrier Reef rests in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Roughly the size of Germany, Italy, Japan and Malaysia, the expansive reef stretches at least 1,400 miles and contains more than 900 islands.


The Great Barrier Reef is 1,429 miles long and runs along the coast of northeastern Australia. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers about 132,819 square miles and contains about 3,000 separate coral reefs.


The Great Barrier Reef is important for many reasons. It protects coastlines from the damaging effects of tropical storms and waves, assists in carbon and nitrogen fixing, helps with nutrient recycling, and provides a habitat for a variety of marine organisms, according...


The Great Barrier Reef formed from a long and slow process involving the accumulation of organic materials, such as stone, plants and animals and shells of dead corals. The Great Barrier Reef started forming approximately 20 million years ago. Dead shells from coral, al...


Coral reefs are endangered due to rising global temperatures, pollution and overfishing. It is estimated that about 1/5 of all coral reefs on the planet have been destroyed. The remaining ones could potentially vanish by 2050.


As of 2015, some endangered species include the Amur leopard, African Wild Dog, Asian and Indian elephants, jaguar, gray wolf and ocelot. The World Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service websites have extensive lists and information on current endanger...


The Endangered Species Act provides for the protection of species who are threatened or endangered and the conservation of the ecosystems the species depend on to live, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Endangered Species Act was sign...