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Australia's other major (and threatened) coral reefs

MELBOURNE, Australia – The United Nations challenged Monday and warned that many of the world's coral reefs could die as early as 2040 as a result of climate change.

Already, warming water has become more than two churches in the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, covering more than 130,000 square kilometers and visible from space.

However, the Great Barrier Reef, despite its status, is not the only unique or threatened marine ecosystem in Australia.

Here are some other Australian ecosystems to remember:

The Gulf of Carpentaria, in Australia's fourth north, is a remote and sensitive ecosystem of mangroves, coral, sea grass beds, clay crabs, fish and shrimps. Mangrove trees – which grow in saltwater – provide a orphanage for fish and wildlife and help prevent coastal erosion.

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