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Mapping the Great Barrier Reef

Extract from Great Barrier Reef (1972)

A look at the fascinating marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Australian Museum director Frank Talbot goes scuba diving to study underwater samples with a fellow scientist, mapping coral with squares and marking wires.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef ecosystem. It has been of great importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for thousands of years and continues to be one of Australia’s most important natural environments.

Film Australia Collection NFSA: 10098 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive


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