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Why was Great Barrier Reef a danger for the sailors?


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November 29, 2008 6:11AM

Any reef is dangerous for sailors. Reefs contain sharp coral outcrops which may lie just beneath the surface. Olden-style ships could be easily damaged on the sharp coral, and it was very difficult for ships to navigate through the reef. Even the most experienced sea-captains who knew the Reef could make a small mistake, and find his ship run aground and requiring repair.