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The Great Barrier Reef Was Just Hit by a Flood of Polluted Water Visible From Space

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The Great Barrier Reef just can’t catch a break. Year after year, this global treasure has been battered by cyclones and beaten by bleaching events. Now, with little time to recover, a part of the reef is being kicked while its down.

An exceptional year of rainfall in Queensland, Australia has caused a huge flood of polluted runoff to rush out to sea, straight towards the reef.

Satellite images show the muddy waters stretching from the swollen rivers of the Whitsundays to Cape Tribulation.

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For the nearest reefs, some 60 kilometres away from shore, the floodwater has already arrived, possibly shielding the sun and smothering the life below.

The biggest fear, according to the ABC, is that the muddy waters contain common farming chemicals, like nitrogen or phosphorous, because these could kill off the nearby coral and seagrass.

The longer the murky cloud sits there, the more damage it could do, and without strong winds, the plume of polluted water may take a while to move on.

Right now, it’s not clear if or how the runoff has impacted the reef, but there’s not a lot more we can afford to lose.

Back in 2016, 93 percent of the reef was reported to be bleached due to unseasonably warm weather, with 50 percent listed as dead or dying, and some think it can no longer be saved.

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But there may be an upside to all of this. If the rivers transport cold water out to sea and if the clouds continue to block out the sun, this might be enough to cool down some underwater heatwaves headed for the region in the coming weeks.

“If you want to have a flipside to the story that would be one, yes,” marine scientists Frederieke Kroon told the ABC, “but it’s still a huge disturbance to the reef [after] the bleaching and the cyclones that we’ve had over the last couple of years.”

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9 Comments on "The Great Barrier Reef Was Just Hit by a Flood of Polluted Water Visible From Space"

  1. Anonymous on Sat, 2nd Mar 2019 6:13 pm 

    As if that wilderness was worth a damn:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bHZRSlhJxY

  2. DerHundistLos on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 1:00 am 

    What further exacerbates matters is that Queensland has seen a surge in deforestation in recent years to make way for agriculture.

    Let’s face it, The Great Barrier Reef’s death sentence was signed by Australia several years ago. This from the Guardian in 2017:

    “Fears for Great Barrier Reef as deforestation surges in catchments”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/17/fears-for-great-barrier-reef-as-deforestation-surges-in-catchments

    “Australia Experiences Surge in Deforestation”

    https://e360.yale.edu/digest/australia-experiences-surge-in-deforestation

    “Alarming’ rise in Queensland tree clearing as 400,000 hectares stripped”
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/05/alarming-rise-in-queensland-tree-clearing-as-400000-hectares-stripped

    MAKES ME SICK. So much “intelligence” and so little wisdom. Everything now is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  3. DerHundistLos on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 1:12 am 

    When Trump was queried about the death of 83% of the Great Barrier Reef due to ocean heating, The Dear Leader replied,

    “Can’t you see it from space? I looked at it from space and it looks fine to me.”

  4. NathanPhillipsAKAfmr-paultard on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 1:31 am 

    present evidence of probing please

  5. Truth Buster on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 3:00 am 

    MOST ASTUTE COMMENT OF THE DAY AWARD:

    “paultarded,

    Your supertard is obviously ‘pretty smart’ in comparison to you, but that’s not saying very much about either one of you.”

  6. Truth Buster on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 3:08 am 

    “present evidence of probing please”

    ~~~~fmr-paultard aka Davy~~~~

    Given your fixation with all things anal, present yourself to a mental health clinic and request a thorough anal examination (hint: you will be most satisfied with a digital rectal examination so request a DRE). The docs. will surely uncover ample evidence of your anus having been thoroughly probed by yourself. Who knows what will be found in your glory hole.

    Hope this helps the “two” of you.

    Signed,

    A concerned citizen

  7. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 4:08 am 

    If we increase the pollution in
    the air and the water,
    it will Make America Great Again.

    This is why Trump has spearheaded
    the American Railroad Coal Fired
    Steam Locomotive Initiative.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcPleWYGTvE&t=26s

    The new law will provide tax breaks
    to eligible railroads.

  8. JuanPee socks on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 5:43 am 

    This is JuanPee

    Truth Buster on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 3:00 am
    Truth Buster on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 3:08 am

  9. Shortend on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 11:06 am 

    Looks like a bad flush of a toilet!

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