National Geographic News: World Heritage

National Geographic News:  World Heritage
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The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest in the Western Hemisphere and forms a nearly continuous wall of coral for almost 140 miles (225 kilometers). It contains all known reef types: fringing reefs, patch reefs (above), faroes, barrier reefs, and atolls. Coral reefs are the most diverse marine habitat on Earth.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, a multidisciplinary team of conservationists, photojournalists, and new media specialists documented and explored the Belizean Barrier Reef Reserve System. Representatives from EarthWild International, University of California (Berkeley), Nationalgeographic.com, Belize Audubon, and the Wildlife Conservation Society examined universal challenges to conservation and sustainable development and celebrated successes in the preservation of our common natural heritage.

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Photograph by David Doubilet
 
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