昔日缤纷多彩珊瑚礁 今日“白骨皑皑” The Great Barrier Reef Goes Sick
Every person shall live a life suffering from birth, sickness, aging and death. So shall other creatures. Merely, they are neglected and left behind. As the latest news reported, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering the most severe blenching ever in the history which Australians take most pride in.
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system, as well as the transparent and pellucid wild kingdom in the sea, is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and extends more than 1,400 miles. It consists of some 3,000 individual reefs and is also home to some certain endangered animal species.
Tragedy cannot be avoided. There is no denying that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble. And it has been hammered in recent years by El Niño and climate change. As temperature rises, thesymbiotic algae on corals have to drop off. Consequently, bleaching occurs to the corals.
Coral blenching, is a phenomenon in which stressed corals expel algae and turn white. If not given time to recover, bleached corals can perish. According to the related data, about 35 percent coral of the Great Barrier Reef either have died or are dying. And the most severe coral blenching on record had impacted around 93 percent of the reef.
If the present situation last for ever, one day the Great Barrier Reef will pass away completely. Consequently, the remaining about three quarters still alive which are in desperate need of relief. Certainly, I would not hope this wonder disappeared which has last for 2,500 years. Heartbroken!
No one knows if what effort could have saved the reef, but it is clear that no effective effort had been made. Or, it would never face such a bad condition. Moreover, the Great Barrier Reef supports thousands of jobs for Australia and it contributes a lot to the local tourism.
We can and must save the Great Barrier Reef. And it’s never too late to better protect the Great Barrier Reef from this moment on. Whatever you believe in your mind, one thing is absolutely convinced: the Great Barrier Reef desperately needs help, or we could see them in the pictures or memories instead of witnessing face to face!