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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Great Barrier Reef, the largest single living structure on Earth

The Great Barrier Reef, the largest single living structure on Earth
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This Envisat image features the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia's Queensland coast. It is the world's most protected marine area, one of its natural wonders and a World Heritage site. Spanning more than 2,000 km and covering an area of some 350,000 sq km, it is the largest living structure on Earth and the only one visible from space. This image was acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) on 8 November 2010 at a resolution of 300 m.
Credit: ESA

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