Protecting the environmental integrity of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Brennan, Claire (2021) Protecting the environmental integrity of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In: McNicol, Barbara, (ed.) Sustainable Planet: Issues and Solutions for our Environment's Future. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, pp. 371-380.

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Abstract

The Great Barrier Reef is a complex web of life located on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. Sprawling over 1,400 miles and including almost 3,000 individual reefs, it is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and contains a diverse array of habitats. Its status as a World Heritage site recognizes both this ecological signficance and the Reef's long human history. Human interactions with the Reef are of many types, some the habits of local people conducting normal economic activities within its catchment, some the actions of visitors drawn by the Reef’s beauty, and some occurring at a global scale, effected by people far distant from the Reef itself. While many of these interactions stem from love and admiration for the Reef, others stem from ignorance. This chapter explores the diverse ways in which the Reef has been, and continues to be, changed by human actions.

Item ID: 62684
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-1-4408-5571-9
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; Australian environmental history; Great Barrier Reef catchment; history of tourism; history of fishing
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021 by ABC-CLIO, LLC
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 02:20
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history @ 25%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 75%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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