Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

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  • Topic: Coral reef, Belize Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef
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  • Published : October 23, 2011
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As the population of the world continues to grow from its current population of over 6 billion, at the rate of nearly a quarter of a million a day, the natural ecosystems in the world are being constricted and forced into change. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System that stretches approximately 1000 Km (620 miles) from Cancun to Honduras. This section of the reef system is roughly 300 Km (190 miles) and is home to over 100 coral species and nearly 500 species of fish. Those numbers are considered to be minuscule compared to estimates by scientists based on the accounts that only about 10% of the reef has been researched.

From marine life to plants and birds there are so many different life forms that call this area home. It would be impossible for me to list and describe all of the life forms from this area, but to list a few, they range from sea turtles, to over five hundred species of fish. There are over 100 known forms of coral in this region, and many more species of plant life, fish, and other organisms that are yet to be listed, due to the size of the region only about ten percent has been studied. There are mammals like whales and dolphins, as well as manatees that live in this ecosystem. The plant life in the reef is what brings the natural beauty to the area. Sea grass, sponges, soft and hard coral, mangrove forests and other regions that are hot spots for snorkelers and other tourists that are interested in the beauty that the reef has to offer. When you look at natural areas like the reef system, and other areas that are uninhabited by man, the interrelationships between the species of the areas are incredible. The food chain always fits into these areas because that is how our world survives. Overpopulation of any species could damage the world that we call home, and cause major depletion in resources, so with the broad spectrum of creatures living in and around this coastal...
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