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Underwater photographer in the Great Barrier Reef
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Great Barrier Reef
Topic(s):   Natural Wonders
Quick Facts
Continent Oceania
Country Australia
Explorers Captain James Cook

There are many reefs in the oceans of the world. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest of them all. It is 1,200 miles long.

The Great Barrier Reef is found off the coast of Australia. The reef forms a natural barrier or wall between the ocean and the shore. The water in between the reef and the shore is called a lagoon. The lagoon is shallow. This area of the ocean supports many kinds of ocean life.

Many kinds of coral form the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is formed by millions of coral and other organisms. As the soft coral grows, it leaves behind a hard limestone shell. Coral grows very slowly. Some coral grow for hundreds of years.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was created in 1975. This park is the largest protected ocean habitat in the world.

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