Death on the Great Barrier Reef: how dead coral went from economic resource to conservation symbol

Lloyd, Rohan James (2016) Death on the Great Barrier Reef: how dead coral went from economic resource to conservation symbol. The Conversation, N/A.

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Abstract

A recently published obituary for the Great Barrier Reef has drawn ire from reef scientists. While obituaries, even satirical ones, are undoubtedly premature, they are part of a long and complicated history of death on the reef.

The obituary comes after this year’s record bleaching event in the northern section of the reef, where more than 50% of coral has died on some reefs.

Since settlement, dead reefs along the Great Barrier Reef have been celebrated as an economic resource, criticised as a scientific misnomer, and now seemingly embraced by conservationists as a shock tactic.

Item ID: 69279
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2201-5639
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; environmental history; history of environmentalism
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 03:46
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430307 Environmental history @ 100%
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