Sunday, December 19, 2010

Image of the week : world’s largest living structure

This image was acquired by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
on 8 November 2010 at a resolution of 300 m

From ESA

This Envisat
image features the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland coast (see Marine GeoGarage position)

It is the world’s most protected marine area, one of its natural wonders and a World Heritage site.
Spanning more than 2000 km and covering an area of some 350 000 sq km, it is the largest living structure on Earth and the only one visible from space.

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