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Australia's Sea Simulator a Boon for Reef Research

August 12, 2013
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Scientists trying to ensure the long-term survival of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have a new tool at their disposal - a multi-million dollar reef simulator that will allow them to recreate reef conditons in a controlled setting. Rob Muir reports.

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Reuters (Dec. 8, 2013) — Faced with an alarming loss of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists in Queensland are building a coral sperm bank to protect as many species as possible against extinction. A 2012 study estimates the reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985, and the researchers fear that if the trend is not reversed, the sperm bank may be the Reef's last hope. Sharon Reich reports.
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Australian Government Pledges to Protect Great Barrier Reef

Australian Government Pledges to Protect Great Barrier Reef

Reuters (Feb. 1, 2013) — The Australian government pledges to protect the Great Barrier Reef, as the UN warns that the reef's status could be downgraded.
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Sunken Barge to Become "Art"ificial Reef

Sunken Barge to Become "Art"ificial Reef

AP (Aug. 1, 2013) — Residents give 'Patti's Reef' a proper send-off as the retired barge, which was covered with local tributes, was sunk off the Pensacola coast to become an artificial reef and underwater art exhibit for scuba divers and snorkelers.
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Virtually Dive Great Barrier Reef With "Seaview"

Virtually Dive Great Barrier Reef With "Seaview"

AFP (Mar. 2, 2012) — A collaboration between researchers and Google will soon bring the secrets of Australia's Great Barrier Reef online, with a 360-degree sea view of the World Heritage-listed marine park.
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