• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: Visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef are so awed by the natural beauty of these coral islands that they need little encouragement to help preserve its environment.

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS: Visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef are so awed by the natural beauty of these coral islands that they need little encouragement to help preserve its environment.

    It takes half an hour to fly the forty-five miles over the Pacific to the isolated tropical paradise island called Heron Island...on the southern end of the twelve hundred mile Barrier Reef. The different blues are caused by the varying depths of the ocean. As you approach, you can see the changing colours of the Pacific...the white necklace around the island where the reef and the ocean meet..and inside the magic circle...a canopy of tropical greenery. Here, you can observe and study all the living creatures and plants that make Australia's Great Barrier Reef one of nature's most fascinating laboratories. Protection of this natural laboratory is of prime importance as pointed out by Reg McMahon, Director of the research station.

    As part of the educational program, visitors are taken on a nature walk through the luscious undergrowth. A naturalist acts as guide for the tour.

    No matter where you walk you see the beautiful colours of the living coral...in all shapes...sizes...and design. The coral provides the living building materials that make such islands as Heron possible...small islands far out in the Pacific Ocean where one can get away from it all...and breathe the freshest air in the world...and also enjoy some of the best diving in the world -- according to Reg McMahon.

    Or if you are the more sedentary type -- you can listen to the rustling pandanus...observe the changing colours of the sky...the water...??? wish you never have to leave Heron Island, Australia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7QBT2UT1Y50SURWUY9X4S9ZMB
    Media URN:
    VLVA7QBT2UT1Y50SURWUY9X4S9ZMB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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