Title:
Coral reef and mangrove island
Photographer:
Stuart Chape
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Pacific
Country:
Fiji
Nature’s Assets
Camera Used:
Sony A7R
Image caption:

An aerial photo of a coral reef lagoon and a large mangrove island off the northern coastline of Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. This and other islands lie within the Great Sea Reef, locally known as Cakaulevu, is the world’s third longest continuous barrier reef system or the third longest reef in the southern hemisphere. The word 'pristine' is rapidly disappearing in relevance from Earth's natural systems as human impact spreads further and further. But here, even more remarkable because of its proximity to a large populated island, the coral reef and the mangrove forest remain intact - an inspiring example of two integrated ecosystems within oceanic systems that should be shown to the world.

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