Great Barrier Reef
Background: Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop its agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990's, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980's. Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
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- November 11th 2013 Day 15 Great Barrier Reef
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- July 23rd 2013 Islands, Rainforest and Reef part II
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- April 28th 2013 Great Barrier Reef - It's all about the chopper!
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- April 27th 2013 Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
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- November 17th 2012 Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling trip...
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- October 12th 2012 Heron Island: A Dream
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- October 7th 2012 Great Barrier Reef - OMG
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- September 22nd 2012 Port Douglas videos
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- September 5th 2012 Trying out the new Go Pro dive housing in Opal Reef
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- August 12th 2012 Diving on the great barrier Reef
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- July 24th 2012 24 July 2012
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- June 18th 2012 Ocean Freedom Tour- Great Barrier Reef!!!
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- June 9th 2012 Great Barrier Reef...magnificent...
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- April 7th 2012 Agincourt Reef Trip
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- February 22nd 2012 Heaven on earth......
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- December 19th 2011 I love sharks....but I don't kiss sharks!
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- December 6th 2011 Living The Dream?!?
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- November 8th 2011 The GREAT Barrier Reef. THE highlight I expect of the whole trip.
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- September 24th 2011 Sharks on a soapbox
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- September 15th 2011 The Great Barrier Reef - By Grace
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