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Floods threaten Great Barrier Reef, La Niña to blame

by on Jan 17th, 2011

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-Floods have devastated the landscape of the state of Queensland, Australia, but they also present a high risk to the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching over 2,300 kilometers (1,430 miles) along the northeast coast of Australia, large parts of the southern Great Barrier Reef are “flooded” with fresh water.

Salinity could go down to ten parts per thousand or less and remain like that for weeks; “nothing can live in those conditions,” says Brodie. The immediate death of corals and sea grass is expected, which could then have a devastating affect on other marine creatures like dugongs that feed on sea grass.

Click here to read entire article by Dean Irvine (CNN)  January 12, 2011

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