Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Belize

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_154

This site is located in Belize and has an area of 963 km2. The site is divided into seven different parts. Its outstanding natural system includes the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. In addition, there are offshore atolls, hundreds of sandbanks, stretches of mangroves, coastal lagoons and estuarine ecological zones. Seven groups of heritage sites, which illustrate the natural ecological development of coral reefs, are important habitats for such endangered species as sea turtles, sea cows and American alligators. Moreover, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a classic demonstration area of such halobios as fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls as well for as the evolution of marine geology and geomorphology.

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