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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
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Type of site: Natural Heritage in danger
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: North America, Belize, Belize District, Stann Creek District, Toledo Distric
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Description: An outstanding natural system, the coastal area of Belize is made up of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere; it features offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System’s seven sites exemplify the evolutionary history of reef development; they also function as a major habitat for threatened species (such as marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Belize Barrier Reef The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 m (0.2 mile) offshore in the north and 40 km (25 mile) in the south. It extends for about 300 km (185 miles), making it the second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is Belize's top tourist destination, attracting almost half of its 260,000 visitors, and vital to its fishing industry. Charles Darwin described it as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" in 1842. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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