i_BIO_SR_U1_PerformanceTask (16) - Performance Task Exploring Species Interactions in the Great Barrier Reef Unit 1 Ecological Systems PERFORMANCE

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Teacher Resource© 2021 College Board 172PERFORMANCE TASKPre-AP BiologyUnit 1: Ecological SystemsPerformance Task: Exploring Species Interactions in the Great Barrier Reef Exploring Species Interactions in the Great Barrier Reef To say that the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef may be understating things; the Australian government notes that it is “the only living organic collective visible from Earth’s orbit.” Certainly, it is vast—a conglomeration of some 3,000 reefs and 600 islands stretching more than 1,250 miles along Australia’s northeast coast. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales live there, along with 200 species of birds, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusks and, yes, an abundance of corals.Excerpt from T.A. Frail, “Diving Into the Great Barrier Reef.” © 2008 by Smithsonian Magazine.In 2008, a marine biologist and her research team were interested in the complex relationships that exist among the many organisms found within the Great Barrier Reef. They made several dives over the course of a few months and recorded their observations. Below are journal entries from two of their dives: Dive 1 Journal (January 21, 2008):This area of the reef seems to have a healthy

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