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Piece of Great Barrier Reef Could Break Up and Create Tsunami

Researchers from the James Cook University in Australia have come across a huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef that is in the early stages of collapse. When the one cubic kilometre slab finally breaks away, it will fall one kilometre into the adjacent basin causing a localised tsunami along the Queensland

Australian Marine Reserves Must Adapt to Climate Change

An Australian scientist told the Australian Academy of Science’s Earth System Outlook Conference in Canberra that Australia could be a world leader in developing marine reserves that are able to keep pace with climate change and absorb the impact of warming oceans, storms, and flood events. “The challenge we face is that a marine reserve or

The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half of its Coral in the Last 27 Years

  A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has lost half of its coral in the last 27 years thanks to storm damage, crown of thorns starfish and bleaching. The study, conducted by researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science

Australian Subtropic Seas Must be Protected

Leading Australian scientists and scientific organisations have come together to call for a greater national effort to protect the countries eastern and western coastlines. The reason? Many scientists believe and have witnessed, with the increase in global warming, a shift in marine life as they head south, seeking refuge from increasing temperatures in the tropics.

70% of Human DNA Same as Sea Sponges

Ever wonder how much you have in common with a sea sponge? Probably not. Probably assume “not much.” Well, it turns out 70% of your DNA is the same as theirs. Apparently, Australian scientists have determined this after completing the genetic sequencing of sea sponges from the Great Barrier Reef. The real good news (for

Oceans Becoming More Acidic, Threatening Underwater Ecosystems

A pronounced lack of growth rate among some corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef leads scientists to believe this is the first sign of ocean acidification, something scientists world wide are beginning to fear. Carbon dioxide (CO2) dissolves in seawater, that increases acidity, making it more difficult for marine organisms to grow and maintain their

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