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2011-01-05 12:24:55

An expert said Wednesday that Australia's spectacular Great Barrier Reef is under threat from massive floods swamping the country's northeast, which are pouring harmful debris and sediment into the sea. Michelle Devlin said that the full impact of the floods is not yet known, but the influx will stress the colorful corals. "This does impact on the reef. It just impacts on the reef's resilience so you get very stressed corals, you get stressed sea grass," Devlin, a researcher at James Cook...

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2010-07-16 06:25:00

Australian scientists have found strange prehistoric sea life several hundreds of feet below the Great Barrier Reef, during a first-of-its-kind mission to document species under threat from warming of the world's oceans. Remote controlled cameras located at Osprey Reef, northwest of the Great Barrier Reef, have captured astonishing images of ancient sharks, giant oil fish, masses of crustaceans and a primitive shell-dwelling squid species known as the Nautilus. Lead researcher Justin...

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2010-04-13 10:35:11

The Chinese coal carrier that ran aground and was stuck for nine days on the Great Barrier Reef has caused damage that could take decades to recover, experts said on Tuesday. The Shen Nang 1, which wrecked into Douglas Shoals in Queensland on April 3, left a two-mile long scar in the coral, according to Great Barrier Reef chief scientist David Wachenfeld, who called it "the largest ship grounding scar we have seen on the Great Barrier Reef to date" in an interview with ABC. "It is still an...

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2010-04-05 09:05:00

A Chinese coal carrier that has run aground in northeastern Australia has officials scrambling to prevent a major oil leak from pouring into the Great Barrier Reef. The Shen Neng 1 was moving at full speed when it struck Douglas Shoals in Queensland on Saturday, and according to various reports, it suffered a breach of its fuel tank and has started spilling oil. In a statement released Monday morning, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) noted that the ship has already lost two of the 1,000 tons...

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2010-02-22 07:37:54

Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is showing an extraordinary range of benefits from the network of protected marine reserves introduced there five years ago, according to a comprehensive new study published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences. The scientific team, a "Ëœwho's-who' of Australian coral reef scientists, describes the findings as "a globally significant demonstration of the effectiveness of large-scale networks of marine reserves". "Our data...

2010-01-11 13:18:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- What is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space? Answer: The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. This March, Crystal Cruises is introducing a new opportunity to explore this region's remarkable sea life, rainforests and wildlife via a three-night "Great Barrier Reef Escape" Extended Land Program available before and after four Crystal Symphony voyages beginning or ending...

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2009-09-02 10:50:00

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in danger of being ruined by climate change and coastal development, according to a report on Wednesday. According to the inaugural reef report issued by the Marine Park Authority, the reef has been hit by two different cycles of coral bleaching, and now algae and species infestation is becoming a serious problem that may threaten the reef's existence. "While populations of almost all marine species are intact and there are no records of extinctions, some...

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2009-04-23 12:06:16

Scientists reported Thursday that a section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef - in danger of being killed by global warming within mere decades - has regenerated itself in record time. This partial regeneration is perhaps more appropriately being referred to as a mere "lucky escape" by the head of research for the authority that preserves the World Heritage-listed reef, Laurence McCook. Due to global warming, this expanse of badly damaged coral at Keppel Island began experiencing an increase...

2009-01-12 17:03:32

Australian officials are seeking applicants to fill a dream job that includes swimming, sailing and living rent-free in a villa with a pool. Anthony Hayes, chief executive of Tourism Queensland, said the agency is searching for someone willing to spend six months on the tropical Hamilton Island while blogging and posting pictures and videos to draw tourists to the area, the BBC reported Monday. Hayes said the caretaker, who would be paid $103,000 for six months, would also be charged with...

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2008-09-15 09:05:00

CANBERRA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government will provide an additional 7.5 million dollars (6 million U.S. dollars) to help protect The Great Barrier Reef. The funding comes in addition to the 23 million dollars (18 million U.S. dollars) announced last month for the Reef Rescue program. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said on Sunday it would help to boost efforts to protect the health of the reef. "Particularly as it battles the impacts of a changing climate," he said in a...


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Short-spined Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster brevispinus
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said that it resides in a tropical or subtropical environment. It was first discovered by W.K. Fisher, who...

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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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