The world was shaken when it was announced that the Great Barrier Reef has completely died. But according to scientists, even if the natural wonder is in trouble, it is not yet completely dead and it can actually be saved. The amazing ecosystem spans over 1400 miles off the coast of Australia.
Where did the news come from?
Writer Rowan Jacobsen, who specializes in food and travel, wrote an article for the Outside Magazine. In this article he talked about the death of the Great Barrier Reef at the age of 25 million years. The article generated a series of opinions and talks about its disappearance. Also about how we, as humans, have not done anything to protect it. The reef is considered the biggest and oldest living organism on Earth. Many people posted their condolences on social media platforms or have shared the article. But nobody actually bothered to make some research to find out the truth.
What causes the damage
A survey has recently showed that about 93 per cent of the reef is seriously affected by bleaching. This puts it in serious extinction danger. Bleaching is a process which affects the corals and it happens because of the light, temperature and nutrients changes. This causes them to develop some kind of a protection mechanism which turns them completely white. Also, another reason for the damage done in the Great Barrier Reef are the climate change-driven rising water systems.
Dying, but not yet dead
But scientists are saying that, even though the reef is close to its end, this is not yet the time to start mourning. But they are very worried that if people will continue this discussion and will consider the reef already dead and gone, nothing will be done to protect and actually save it. People like to exaggerate, but in this case, it will do more bad than good. Scientists have studied the reef and came to the conclusion that it can still be saved. Or at least a part of it. Even though most of the Great Barrier Reef has indeed been affected by this bleaching process, some parts of it are still living. It brings hope that this will make the recovery possible.
A coral reef expert said that if people will continue with this “end of all things” attitude, nothing good will happen. On the contrary. People will forget about it and nothing will be done to further protect the natural ecosystems. Be it coral reefs or anything else. Also, he is feeling confident that in 2050, there will still be pieces of the Great Barrier Reef left. And they will be alive and well.
Researchers are conducting studies which can help them determine a way to save the corals. And they have even found some explanations which can possibly lead to the salvation of the reef. The whole idea is that the Great Barrier Reef is not yet dead. More, there are measures which can be taken in order to try and save it. But if people are already considering it dead, there is sadly not much that can be done.
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