Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from space • Earth.com

Last update: September 21st, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from space. The photo was taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Coral reefs are relatively easy to see from space because the clear, light blues of shallow waters greatly contrast from the dark blues of deep water areas. The Great Barrier Reef is of course the largest coral reef system in the world, containing 3,000 separate reefs and 600 different types of coral.

This image captures a 10 mile segment of the Great Barrier Reef located near the Whitsunday Islands.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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