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Virtual Reality Reefs – Community Event: Winton

Many million years ago the QLD outback was covered by ocean and many marine fossils have been found. At present, Australia’s Jewel the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure. Visit our interactive display with quizzes, Virtual Reality headsets and real corals and learn more about how you can help!

When: Sunday, August 19 2018. 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Where: Waltzing Mathilda Centre (outside)
50 Elderslie St, Winton, QLD, 4735
Topic: Archaeology and antiquity, Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access
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Many million years ago most of the outback was covered by ocean and many coral and marine fossils have been found.  At present, Australia’s Jewel the Great Barrier Reef, is under pressure. Visit our interactive display with quizzes, Virtual Reality headsets and real corals and learn more about how you can help the reef from home.

Ever wondered why marine fossils are found in your area or how old the Great Barrier Reef is? Why is the GBR under threat and what can you do from home to save reefs or any environment.

The GBR is >8000 years old, the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms and can be seen from space! Coral reefs are beautiful and colourful, and are an important resource for more than 500 million people worldwide. Nevertheless, reefs are vanishing globally at an unprecedented rate: in the last 30 years we lost 50%. They need your help.

Meet the CoralWatch staff marine educator Ms Diana Kleine and marine scientist Dr Monique Grol today at the interactive display (part of the National Science Week and our ‘Corals in the Outback – Sustainability Tour’). This display brings the reef at your doorstep and will immerse you in the world of corals through Virtual Reality, quizzes, factsheets, art and other elements. You will learn about coral reefs in the past, present and future: ancient reefs, the importance of the GBR and what you can do from home to help save reefs or any environment for future generations. Think global, act local.

Don’t forget to leave us some feedback and have a change to win the Ultimate Reef Experience and spend 2 nights at Fitzroy Island resort with your family.

CoralWatch based at The University of Queensland, is a well-established citizen science program integrating volunteer coral health monitoring with reef education and public outreach to create reef awareness. Over the last 16 years, CoralWatch has become the world’s furthest-reaching citizen science coral health organisation with over 5500 members in 137 countries. Worldwide, CoralWatch volunteers monitor the health of corals using the Coral Health Chart – a tool that is also of great use in classrooms and community events to create reef awareness.

Contact details:

Monique Grol
CoralWatch - The University of Queensland
Email: m.grol@uq.edu.au
Phone: 0733653127

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