The famous coral reef we have been reading about since childhood in our Geography books has been experiencing a long-term damage due to the warming of oceans. Ninety-five per cent of the diverse underwater ecosystems was triggered to the most damaging summer heatwave in 2016.
Recently, The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority declared a huge damage due to an underwater heatwave. It is being said that the rising temperature and increased levels of acid and carbon levels in water has made reef struggle to repair.
As per a leading environmental writer Rowan Jacobsen, “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old. It was the only one that was visible from space. In the total area, it was larger than the UK and contained more biodiversity than all of Europe.”
The reef was home to one of the largest populations of dugong and largest breeding ground of green turtles.
C. Mark Eakin, who is with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, “I don’t think the Great Barrier Reef will ever again be as great as it used to be — at least not in our lifetimes.”