Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Elizabeth Brown

Axia College

Living in the world today, there are many locations in danger of becoming extinct or taken over by population and industry. To name one of many is the Belize Barrier Reef. The Belize Barrier Reef system was put on the endanger list in 2009.   “This barrier reef is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere.” (World Heritage UNESCO) This reef is a natural system with diversity of many plants and animals. Some physical features on this reef are sand cays, offshore atolls, forests, and coastal lagoons.
When researching the reef, many at risk species are living in Belize. Some examples are marine turtles, manatees, and American crocodiles. Located on the Atlantic-Caribbean Coast, is Belize. The reef system flows from the border of northern Mexico, to the southern part of Guatemala.
      To this day seven known sites are in danger. Most are natural parks and monuments, which are “Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Blue Hole Natural Monument, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, and Sapodilla Cays Marine Reserve.” (Encyclopedia of Earth) These seven sites are protected. The Belize Barrier Reef is part of Central America.
Dating back as far as 1928 is when the first site was given the name Part of Half Moon Caye for its Bird Sanctuary. The system has over 96,000 hectares that is a unit equal to 10,000 square meters which makes up the barrier reef. The altitude there ranges from zero to five meters.
As stated earlier the diversity here of plants and animals is tremendous. Vegetation is a tool that is everywhere. At the reef there are “178 recorded species of vascular plants.” (Encyclopedia of Earth) On location of the Cayes’ sand, shrub, and coconut vegetation are available. On the Cayes’ there are many littoral forests with different plant life. Some examples are coco plum, gumbo limbo, and...