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Seaweeds Claim Large Inshore Areas of Great Barrier Reef


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Source: ScienceAlert Australia

January 5, 2010

 

A new scientific study has found that seaweeds have claimed large areas of the coastal shelf of Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

 

Part of a global effort to record and understand changes in coral reefs worldwide, the study has found that more than 40 per cent of inshore reefs on the GBR are dominated by seaweeds (macroalgae) - but that the mid-shelf and outer reefs are virtually free of weed.

 

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