|Great Barrier Reef|
|Provides||+3 Food |
|Two tile natural wonder that can be found on coastal terrain and provides +3 Food and +2 Science.|
Civilopedia Historical Context
Meandering about off the coast of northeast Australia, the 2300-km (1400-mile) Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure built by living organisms (so much for manmade "wonders") and can even be seen from orbit. Built by billions of coral polyps over a half-billion years, it now comprises some 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands, and is home to an incredible diversity of fauna - from 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises to 215 species of birds. Unfortunately pollution, overfishing, tourism, and climate change are threatening the future of the reef; coral bleaching is accelerating and scientists estimate that unless drastic steps are taken, by 2030 AD the Great Barrier Reef will have suffered "irreversible damage" and no longer be "great."
"Organisms don't think of CO2 as a poison. Plants and organisms that make shells, coral, think of it as a building block."
- Janine Benyus