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Australia, Great Barrier Reef losing its colors: It’s the fault of rising temperatures

The Australian Great Barrier Reef, famous for its bright colors and home to various forms of marine life, is gradually turning white: the fault, local authorities have explained, is rising sea temperatures, which would have strained the reefs. The Coral Reef Authority, which is responsible for the world’s largest coral reef system, said this “mass bleaching” was the fourth since 2016. An aerial survey confirmed that the reefs have lost their color in several places. Which lives in its tissues, which gives it its distinctive bright colors. Six years ago, 22% of bleached corals died. Secondly green area“Areas that were severely affected by bleaching saw very high proportions of existing corals die off, as high as 50-90%.”

Great Barrier Reef in Australia extends For more than 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) along the northeastern coast of the continent, it is home to about 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 species of mollusks, encompassing about 2,500 individual coral reefs and more than 900 islands – making it the world’s largest coral system. The mass bleaching report emerged four days after the United Nations launched a monitoring mission to assess whether the World Heritage site is protected from climate change.

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