June 16, 2014

Great Barrier Reef

Photograph by Annie Griffiths, National Geographic

Australia's crowning glory is the Great Barrier Reef, the chain of coral reefs, lush tropical islands, and sandbars that flanks the Queensland coast. A world in itself, the reefs provide food, shelter, and hunting grounds for billion of creatures—tropical fish (1,500 varieties), humpback whales, stingrays, giant turtles, dugongs, and thousands of others. The reef itself is a World Heritage site.

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