Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Cyclone damage to The Reef.

I just found this on the ABC News website. Confirms what I suspected at the beginning of Cyclone Yasi - not as bad as I thought, but bad enough.

Authorities say hundreds of kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef hit by Cyclone Yasi will take up to 10 years to recover.
It is still too early for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to send divers out to do a full assessment, but coral from the reef has been washing up on nearby shores.
The damage is expected to be similar to that of Cyclone Larry five years ago.
The authority's chief executive, Russell Reichelt, says all the progress the reef has made since then will now be destroyed.
"We can expect to see smashed coral beds, movements of coral boulders, sand and rubble moved around," he said.
"If there's any sand islands there and importantly sea grass beds, when they get disturbed - which they do by cyclones - then animals like dugong get affected."
Mr Reichelt says cyclones are not as damaging to reefs as the effects of climate change. But he says Yasi will have still caused major destruction.
"Coral will begin regenerating immediately and be visibly restored in five to 10 years, but it changes the shape of the reef for very long periods - islands can be formed, boulders can be thrown up," he said.


Blogger Merle said...

Hi Gina ~~ Some good posts about Yasi
and the damage was horrific, but Cairns at least were lucky. We have had some awful weather her and strong winds. Nothing to what the people in Tully etc. Melbourne sure
got some flooding in the streets
didn't they. I hope it all got away quickly. The drought is a thing of the past, surely. My report was good and I hope that Ken gets good news at his appointment. Take care, my friend,
Love, Merle.

Sunday, 06 February, 2011  

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