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Final Project: UNESCO Paper 1 Final Project: UNESCO Paper Sabrina Armstrong SCI/230 April 9 th , 2011 Alisha A. Etheredge
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Final Project: UNESCO Paper 2 Final Project: UNESCO Paper The property that I have chosen to write about is the Belize reef systems and I am thus interested in finding supporting to fund preservation programs. This is paper is an effort to support the cause of the Belize barrier reef. These are part of the many reasons that this property does need protection for their wild life and the natural conservations as well. The Belize Barrier Reef is a coral reef system that is second only in size by the Great Barrier Reed of Australia. It is the largest of Reef system of its kind in the Northern and West- ern Hemisphere as well. It extends more that 182 miles along the Caribbean coast of Belize. The reef maintains an offshore distance ranging from about 1,000 feet in the north to 25 meters in the south, with the exception of Rocky Point of course, where it does meet the shoreline. The value of the reef is in the natural processes that take place there and the diversity of the marine wild life that inhabit the reef as well. Belize has a barrier reef which has wildlife that consists of the jaguar, the black howler monkey, the coatimundi, baird`s tapir, the agouti and this list does not even include the birds which reside in Belize as well. In this specific area there is a fair amount of habitats for endangered species, such as the American marine crocodile, ocean turtles, and manatees. Dolphins have been known to be in this area as well. A total of 178 terrestrial plants and 247 taxa of marine flora have been described from the area. There are over 500 species of fish, 65 scleritian corals, 45 hydroids and 350 molluscs in the area, plus a great diversity of sponges, marine worms and crustaceans (UNESCO 2011, para 1). The animals and the atmosphere that they all live in together are connected through their complex interrelationships, and it is their interrelationships; which does tend to prolong the formation and the running of the reef ecosystems as well. The largest threats to the Reef come from human activities on land
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