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The Great Barrier Reef Parallel to the Northeastern Shores of Queensland – October 16th, 2009

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October 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - September 4th, 2009

Australia - September 4th, 2009

The Great Barrier Reef creates a turquoise chain off the coast of Queensland, Australia. In the full image, part of Papua New Guinea is visible in the upper left corner, while some of the Cape Yorke Peninsula can be seen in the lower left.

Only partially visible here, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprising over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretch for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).

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