Australia is home to the world's biggest living structure. Running almost the whole length of Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. Made of thousands of small reefs, islets, atolls and islands, the Great Barrier Reef starts near Bundaberg in the south and continues north of Cape York into the Torres Strait in the north. That's a total distance of 2,600 km. Or, to put it in perspective on a global scale, it's about the same distance
Unless you’ve been hiding in a world wide web black spot behind a sand dune, you’ve probably already heard about nature’s spectacularly synchronised coral spawn. But in case you haven’t, coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef is the biggest reproductive phenomenon this side of Texas. In fact, it’s bigger than Texas. (actually, that’s not strictly true – covering 344,00 sq km, the GBR is actually bigger than Italy, but no matter). What is important however, is the magnitude of
Found in warm, shallow water environments at the Great Barrier Reef and around the world, the cerebral looking brain coral lends a sci-fi atmosphere to its watery world below. These interesting looking organisms have been known to live to 900 years of age, and can grow as tall as six feet. Each brain coral is formed by genetically identical polyps which secrete a hard exoskeleton of calcium carbonate. This makes brain coral one of the most important coral reef builders.
Often termed lilies of the sea, crinoids, which can resemble a beautiful underwater flower, or perhaps even a creature from a Ridley Scott thriller, are amongst the oldest living creatures on earth. While suffering a major extinction episode in the Permo-Triassic, today their population remains stable, although they’ve since mostly shifted to deeper waters. Above: Crinoid on Tongue Reef - The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The word crinoid comes from the Greek word krinon (lily) and eidos (form). One unusual
An Australian artist who’s cinematic journeys typically reflect the connection people have with the natural environment, Lynette Wallworth has captivated audiences with her film, Coral: Rekindling Venus. Using photography, film and a range of technologies to convey its message, Coral: Rekindling Venus introduces the audience to the luminescence, colours and textures of the underwater world. The film’s aim, says Wallworth, "is to move people with the beauty of coral reefs". In conveying this sense of beauty and mystery of the
Recent flooding in South East Queensland and the recent cyclone Yasi means weather in Australia is a hot topic at the moment. Mother nature is a powerful and mystical force. The Great Barrier Reef Australia is constantly being probed for its secrets and limitless wonders with recent research showing that coral can unlock a history of rainfall in North Queensland that predates recordings from modern instruments. By examining coral cores on the Great Barrier Reef The Australian Institute of Marine