The floods ransacking the Queensland coast have cost 20 lives and $500 million worth of property damage. Now, huge volumes of water are pouring into the ocean, threatening the Great Barrier Reef, which extends for thousands of kilometers off the coast. Although it may take years to know the full consequences of the flooding, Australian scientists are already warning of serious damage. For now, the biggest problems are concentrated on the southern part of the reef, where three overflowing rivers—the Burdekin, the Fitzroy, and the Burnett—have released millions of gallons of heavily polluted water into the sea. So far, prevailing winds have confined the majority of the floodwaters to within 65 kilometers of shore. But in time, the damage may grow to affect the entire reef system. (Appreciate ! Thanks Rt ((:-Australia's floods threaten Great Barrier Reef http://t.co/s8dnibR @EnviroGraffiti @sgneist)
High-resolution aerial photos taken over Brisbane last week have revealed the scale of devastation across dozens of suburb and tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Hover over each satellite photo to view the devastation caused by flooding. (Queensland floods before and after images via @abcnews http://j.mp/geP5SG)
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