Crossing the Blue Highway
Two-sided poster that describes how different ecosystems around a coral reef interrelate and contribute to one another.
Side one shows the life cycle of the red emperor and how it moves through and relates to the greater coastal catchment and reef ecosystems.
Back panel explains the different areas: A. Catchments and the coastal plain B. Estruaries: murky waters for fun and profit C. Seagrass: gardens of eating. D. Isolates: roadhouses along the blue highway to the reef E. Inter-reef gardens: deep and meaningful F. Deepwater seagrass and halimeda: lost lawns of the outer shelf G. Reef: journey's end and beginning
"Understanding the Great Barrier Reef: This graphic describes in simple terms a naturalist's view of how the Great Barrier Reef "works". This information is presented as a summary of what scientists, fishers and knowledgable reef-folk have gleaned from decades of observations. The message is simple - everything is interconnected - and the story of these interconnections is best told as a journey in pictures. It's not rocket science, it's common sense, but most people are unaware that the Great Barrier Reef actually starts on land, high above the coastal plain. Intrigued?....follow the blue high way to discover how most of what is essential to the health of the Great Barrier Reef is acutally hidden from our view."