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Belize Barrier Reef

series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs. It goes along the coast of Belize, about 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers (190 mi) long section of the 900 kilometers (560 mi) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. The reef system runs continuous from Cancún on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya down to Honduras. This makes it one of the largest coral reef systems in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the New Caledonia Barrier Reef.

Belize Barrier Reef
Satellite image of Belize in March 31, 2002.jpg
The Barrier Reef is clearly visible along the eastern coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea.
Map showing the location of Belize Barrier Reef
Map showing the location of Belize Barrier Reef
Map showing the location of Belize Barrier Reef
Map showing the location of Belize Barrier Reef
LocationBelize
Nearest cityBelize City, Belize
Coordinates17°18′56″N 87°32′4″W / 17.31556°N 87.53444°W / 17.31556; -87.53444Coordinates: 17°18′56″N 87°32′4″W / 17.31556°N 87.53444°W / 17.31556; -87.53444
Official nameBelize Barrier Reef Reserve System
TypeNatural
Criteriavii, ix, x
Designated1996 (20th session)
Reference no.764
State PartyBelize
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
Endangered2009–2018

Charles Darwin described it as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" in 1842.[1]

SpeciesEdit

The Belize Barrier Reef is home to many different plants and animals. There are:

About 90% of the reef still needs to be researched. It is thought that only 10% of all species have been discovered.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Darwin, Charles 1842. The structure and distribution of coral reefs. London: Murray.
  2. Belize Barrier Reef Case Study. Westminster.edu. Retrieved on 2011-10-21.