The great barrier reef the worlds largest coral reef system comprises roughly three thousand individual reefs and nine hundred islands stretching for 1616 miles 2586 kilometers and covering an area of approximately 214000 square miles 554260 square kilometers. Great barrier reef located in the coral sea off the coast of queensland australia the great barrier reef is the largest coral reef system in the world in fact its the worlds largest living structure comprised of approximately 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands the great barrier reef is around 1400 miles long and is visible from . Hopefully careful management by the great barrier reef marine park authority will protect the reef from extensive damage if so it will remain a natural wonder of the world for many generations to come. The great barrier reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and pulling away from it and viewing it from a greater distance you can understand why it is larger than the great wall of china and the only living thing on earth visible from space. Cnn labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world the queensland national trust named it a state icon of queensland a large part of the reef is protected by the great barrier reef marine park which helps to limit the impact of human use such as fishing and tourism
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