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Old 04-13-2010, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default Great Barrier Reef Disaster: The Biggest Threats Facing The Reef

Great Barrier Reef Disaster: The Biggest Threats Facing The Reef (PHOTOS)
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First Posted: 04- 6-10 03:27 PM
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Great Barrier Reef Disaster: The Biggest Threats Facing The Reef (PHOTOS)
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Chinese ship Shen Neng 1 ran aground in the Great Barrier Reef late Saturday, leaking oil into the world's largest reef system. According to WWF Australia, the reef has 1,500 species of fish, 359 types of hard coral, one third of the world's soft corals, 175 bird species, six of the world's seven species of threatened marine turtle, more than 30 species of marine mammals, 5,000 to 8,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms, crustaceans, 800 species of echinoderms and 215 bird species.

With so much at stake, many are concerned over how much damage the ship's presence could inflict on the pristine, rich environment, with experts predicting it could take weeks to clean up the mess. The incident highlights just how fragile the massive reef is to foreign invaders, whether they be humans, invasive species, or even sediment...
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Default Australia rushes to contain Barrier Reef oil spill

Australia rushes to contain Barrier Reef oil spill
By Rob Griffith, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 5, 7:50 am ET

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ROCKHAMPTON, Australia Workers rushed to contain an oil spill Monday from a coal-carrying ship grounded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, sending two tugboats to stabilize the vessel so that it would not break apart and further damage the fragile coral beneath.

The Chinese-registered Shen Neng 1 rammed into Douglas Shoals late Saturday, an area that has shipping restrictions in order to protect what is the world's largest coral reef and one that is listed as a World Heritage site because of its gleaming waters and environmental value as home to thousands of marine species.

About 2 tons (metric tons) of oil have already spilled from...
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Default China ship 'seriously damaged' Great Barrier Reef

China ship 'seriously damaged' Great Barrier Reef
By Nick Bryant
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Page last updated at 05:34 GMT, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 06:34 UK

BBC News - China ship 'seriously damaged' Great Barrier Reef
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The Australian authorities have said a Chinese bulk carrier which ran aground off Queensland has caused widespread damage to the famed Great Barrier Reef.

The cleanup is likely to be the biggest operation ever undertaken there...
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