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Image Gallery: Great Barrier Reef Through Time

Horseshoe reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Horseshoe reef before crown-of-thorns invasion.

Horseshoe reef

great barrier reef, health, damage, changes

(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Horseshoe reef after crown-of-thorns invasion.

Low Isands

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Healthy reef at Low Islands.

Low Islands

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Healthy reef at Low Islands.

Low Islands

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Healthy reef at Low Islands.

Beaver reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Damage to Beaver Reef by Cyclone Hamish.

Beaver reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Crown-of-thorns damage on Beaver Reef.

Coral eating starfish outbreak

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(Image credit: Katharina Fabricius, Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Population outbreaks of the coral eating starfish Acanthaster planci have been responsible for 42% of the over 50% decline in coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef between 1985 and 2012.

MacDonald reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

MacDonald reef before cyclone damage.

MacDonald reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

MacDonald reef after cyclone damage.

Damaged reef

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(Image credit: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team)

Crown-of-thorns and cyclone damage.

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