A tourist snorkels above coral in the lagoon located on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, 80 kilometers north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo
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Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.Some 10,000 jobs in Queensland state were also at risk from a drop in tourism, a major industry in the area, it added.The report said last year, about 3.5 million tourists, mostly Australians, visited areas along the reef.The 2,300-kilometer (1,429-mile) long reef -- the world's biggest coral ecosystem -- is suffering from its worst bleaching in recorded history due to warming sea temperatures.
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