Saving The Great Barrier Reef

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Saving The Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef before, and after the severe bleaching from the sun.

Credit to: greenandgrowing.org The Great Barrier Reef before, and after the severe bleaching from the sun.

Credit to: greenandgrowing.org The Great Barrier Reef before, and after the severe bleaching from the sun.

Credit to: greenandgrowing.org The Great Barrier Reef before, and after the severe bleaching from the sun.

Carly Haley, Staff Writer

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest marine reserve, that is home to around 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 varieties of molluscs. Scientists in Australia have created a sun shield that could float on the water surface in the Great Barrier Reef to protect its coral from further bleaching. The film is created from a biodegradable film that is fascinatingly 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. The shield has reduced sunlight casted upon the reef by up to 30 percent, without damaging any inhabitants. It’s sprayed onto the water and forms a white film, which keeps the water cooler and darker. Scientists believe it’s likely help to prevent further bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. The trials done have proven the shield to be successful. It’s important to remember that this is not a solution that can be placed over the entire vast Great Barrier Reef. But it could be applied to smaller areas that are most severely affected by the bleaching.

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