This file photo taken on September 22, 2014, shows a tourist from the Ocean Freedom tourist boat diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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A huge cattle station that pours sediment into the Great Barrier Reef was bought Wednesday by the government as efforts are stepped up to help the World Heritage site bounce back from mass bleaching.The reef, which teems with marine life, is also under pressure from farming run-off, with the 560 square kilometer (216 square miles) Springvale Station near Cooktown in northern Queensland one of the worst culprits.Scientists have said parts of the 2,300-kilometer (1,429-mile) long reef will take at least a decade to recover, and the World Wide Fund said good water quality was key to its survival.
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