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barrier reef

a long narrow coral reef near and lying parallel to the shore, separated from it by deep water

barrier reef

[′bar·ē·ər ‚rēf]
(geology)
A coral reef that runs parallel to the coast of an island or continent, from which it is separated by a lagoon.
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Australian officials have been urged by the United Nations to take substantial action to protect the Great Barrier Reef from rapid coastal development.
Inside the Great Barrier Reef, they are in shallower and protected waters.
This research will play a large role in helping to conserve the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 1,800 miles along the Queensland coast of Australia and includes the world's largest collection of corals.
It's where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef and is considered one of the finest beach resort towns in the world.
Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston, in the port of Gladstone in Queensland, from where the ship set sail, said: "The Chinese carrier is still stuck on the Barrier Reef but officials have decided to remove all of its oil.
A comparative analysis of the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems reaches the conclusion that differences in geomorphology and different relative sea level histories have the greatest impacts on reefs around the tropics: biological variations are argued to have much lesser influences on geomorphic evolution, and hence on overall reef form.
The Great Barrier Reef, in the eastern state of Queensland, is the world's largest coral reef system and is listed as a World Heritage area.
Turneffe Island, a private property 30 miles off the mainland on the east side of the barrier reef, has more than 250 square miles of hard-bottomed seagrass flats (where you don't sink up to your waist or armpits in mud).
Students learn about Australia and the Barrier Reef.
When an anthropologist, a marine scientist and a geographer that have all worked as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority team up to write a book about the reef then you would expect it to be one of the most informative works on the subject.
Virginia Chadwick, head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, said the 225-metre Greek-owned Doric Chariot appeared to be stuck in sandy rubble at the edge of Piper Reef, part of the marine park set up to protect the fragile Great Barrier Reef.
Also next year, listen for Ellen in a new computer-animated film from Disney and Pixar, giving voice to a comic sidekick in Finding Nemo, an underwater adventure about fish, set in the Great Barrier Reef.