Topics & Concepts

Understanding the Great Barrier Reef can be a tall order for anyone. These topics are a great way to skim the surface and investigate what topics about the Great Barrier Reef interests your child most. With riddles, short stories, photo galleries, and facts about this underwater wonderland, there's no shortage of unique and diverse subject matter to explore! Children connect to different content in different ways; this is a great opportunity to see what stands out to your child most and why.

Consider asking your child about The Great Barrier Reef and why it is such a popular destination for so many people.

The Great Barrier Reef is a great conversation starter, it opens the door to an array of topics about environment, marine life, coral reefs, diving, travel and more!


Coral Reefs n.

Reefs, often of great extent, made up chiefly of fragments of corals, coral sands, and the solid limestone resulting from their consolidation. They are classed as fringing reefs, when they border the land; barrier reefs, when separated from the shore by a broad belt of water; atolls, when they constitute separate islands, usually enclosing a lagoon.


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Understanding the Great Barrier Reef

Nicknamed, "Rainforests of the Sea" because of the rich diversity in marine life, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest underwater attractions and the most popular reef in the world! Every year over 2 million scientists, tourists, and snorkelers travel to Australia from all over the world to see the wildly colorful 500,000 year old reef.

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Did you know, The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 900 islands?

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Who Lives Here Anyway?

Whales, dolphins, sea snakes, mollusks, sea turtles, and over 1,500 species of fish are just some of the living organisms that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Stretching more than 1,200 miles long, Australia's Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on earth and can be seen from outer space!

How Coral Grows

Growing at a very slow pace, coral reefs thrive best under shallow, warm, and steady moving water. The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest reef in the world. It's half the size of Texas!

A Closer Look

If you want to get a glimpse of life in the Great Barrier Reef, tune into this short video from National Geographic TV. You won't believe all the colors and underwater creatures!