Great Barrier Reef survival frozen in Outback | Untitled

Great Barrier Reef survival frozen in Outback

Great Barrier Reef survival frozen in Outback

Updated 28 February 2012, 9:50 AEDT

A piece of Great Barrier Reef has been frozen... in the Australian outback, hundreds of kilometres from the coast.

The coral - made up of 70 billion sperm and 22 billion coral embryos - will be suspended in a liquid nitrogen chamber of minus 196 degrees Celsius.

It's part of a plan to ensure the survival of the reef increasingly under attack from global warming and environmental pollutants.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Dr Rebecca Spindler, project director, Taronga Zoo

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