Saturday, January 15, 2011

Great Barrier Reef threatened

Episodic flooding is the norm in Queensland, with deluges predating anthropogenic global warming, these natural events having the potential to ravage the Great Barrier Reef:
This week there are reports that the Great Barrier Reef is threatened as plumes of dirty flood water from the Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett rivers expand into the ocean. Underwater visibility has dropped from 50 metres to 1 metre in affected areas, according to the New Zealand Herald. The inundation of silt threatens to clog the delicate corals, while the drop in salinity may also be problematic for the stenohaline organisms.

But the greatest source of coral mortality may come from an explosion in the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish population, Katharina Fabricius at the Australian Institute of Marine Science told the New Zealand Herald.

Ominously, three previously observed outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have coincided with large floods in the Burdekin river, Fabricius said.
Ain't Mother Nature a bitch?


Blogger kae said...

Oh no, not again!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous ar said...

"the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish population, Katharina Fabricius"

Hmm, highbrow - or so I thought for a moment before I realised they weren't giving us the scientific name for the starfish...

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

AR, snap!

I thought exactly the same thing until I got to the last paragraph and wondered how they got a quote out of a starfish. Skim reading = comprehension fail.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Just Another Bloody Lawyer said...

I have said before (and being a bore will again), they should give that reef a schlock horror movie franchise. The damned thing has "died" more times than Freddy Kreuger and yet IT LIVES!!!

5:04 PM  

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