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  Belize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belize is a small nation on the eastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea bordered by Mexico to the northwest and Guatemala to the west and south.
Belize is located between the Hondo and Sarstoon Rivers, with the Belize River flowing down in the centre of the country.
Belize is home to the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere stemming approximately 200 miles (322 km) and the second longest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Belize   (2284 words)

 The Barrier Reef on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Diving in the Caribbean
It is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world.
The three Belize atoll reefs are formed on two tiers of submarine ridges: Turneffe and Glover's on one ridge and Lighthouse on a separate ridge farther to the east.
Inside the reef the water is shallow, with a blue tinge; outside the reef the water is deep and from the air shows a dark royal blue.
www.ambergriscaye.com /pages/town/barrier.html   (1005 words)

 Protected Areas Programme -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The northern part of the barrier reef and Ambergris Caye lie on one block; the Turneffe Islands and the central part of the barrier reef lie on a second; and the barrier reef south of Gladden Spit, with Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef, lie on a third (Hartshorn et al., 1984).
Between the mainland and the barrier reef is an extensive offshore lagoon which increases in width and depth from north to south.
Stoddart, D.R., Fosberg, F.R. and Sachet, M.H. Cays of the Belize barrier reef and lagoon.
www.unep-wcmc.org /protected_areas/data/wh/reef.html   (3709 words)

 Belize PACT - About Belize
Belize is a unique case of a small country with a rich endowment of natural and cultural resources that have global importance.
The Barrier Reef extends 220 km from the Mexican border in the north, to the Sapodilla Cayes in the south.
Belize was once a major part of what is now referred to as the Central Maya Lowlands, and played a significant role in the socio-political and economic development of the Classic Maya Civilization.
www.belizenet.com /pact/where.html   (1487 words)

 Diving in Belize - Diving Vacation in Caye Caulker
Belize's barrier reef is a paradise for divers.
In the lexicon of diving, Belize is synonymous with the Blue Hole, a circular cave system which formed before the last ice age and collapsed when sea levels rose 300 to 400 feet, forming a blue hole more than 400 feet deep and nearly 1,000 feet in diameter.
Belize: A World's Tropical Jewel ~ Whose beauty, complexity, and diversity is surpassed only by the overall geography of the country in which it is located - the tiny Central American nation of Belize.
www.belize-vacation.com /caye-caulker/caye-caulker-diving.htm   (704 words)

 Website of the Belize Tourism Board
With an unrivalled barrier reef in this hemisphere the marine attractions are as varied as the natural formations that make up this 176 ml.
Divers and snorkelers can experience the barrier reef, coral atolls, fringing reef, patch reefs and faroe, each offering differing underwater coral formations and a variety of flora, fish and marine creatures.
Inside the reef, patch reefs are covered with hundreds of brightly colored fish and coral species.
www.travelbelize.org /scubasnork.html   (1422 words)

 Belize Barrier Reef
The second largest barrier reef in the world rises from the seafloor off the coast of Belize.
Because it is several miles from the mainland, this reef is not affected by silt and sediment runoff.
It encompasses all three habitats of the barrier reef ecosystem: reef, lagoon, and mangroves.
wonderclub.com /WorldWonders/BelizeHistory.html   (855 words)

 About Belize: Protecting the Barrier Reef
The Belize barrier reef, the second longest in the world, runs in a ribbon from the tip of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula southward some 180 miles into the Gulf of Honduras.
Belize's barrier reef ecosystem--its reef, cays, grass flats, and mangrove swamps--is truly a global treasure, and the commitment of the Belizean people to protect it is strong.
Nevertheless, the Belize barrier reef, like coral reefs throughout much of the Caribbean and Pacific, is grossly overused and abused.
www.gma.org /onlocation/belize/about.html   (560 words)

 Snorkel & Dive Belize Barrier Reef
Belize points with pride to a 200 mile long barrier reef, second in size only to the Great Australian Barrier Reef.
It is found inside Lighthouse Reef, one of only four atolls in the Western Hemisphere (3 of the 4 are in Belizean waters).
The diameter of the nearly circular blue hole is a quarter of a mile and it is believed to be almost 450 feet deep.
www.actionbelize.com /blz_snorkeling.htm   (304 words)

 Barrier Reef, Belize
So Charles Darwin referred to the Belize Barrier Reef in 1842, in his study of the origin and evolution of coral reefs.
Most species on a reef are in fact never seen by divers and snorkellers as they are tiny, cryptic invertebrates that live in cracks and crevices and can be equated with the insects of the tropical rain forest.
Belize may be one of the last countries in the world to have extensive areas of almost pristine reef but it is also subject to the
www.westminster.edu /staff/athrock/BELIZE/Reef.html   (1144 words)

 Year of the Reef
Reefs are economically vital to many coastal communities, including those in Belize, traditionally fished for protein foods and increasingly as a source of employment and foreign currency.
Experts say we cannot continue to damage reefs at the rate we are doing and still expect to have the commercial benefits and recreational pleasure enjoyed during recent decades.
The year 1997-2001 will be a critical year for all reefs, but for Belize in particular the decisions made over the next year will make the difference between continued prosperity and the survival of the reef and the relentless degradation and decline of a priceless natural asset.
www.belizefirst.com /reef.html   (552 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Threats to the Belize Barrier Reef CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE OCEANS It is initially helpful to place the threat of climate change to the Belize Barrier Reef in the context of the implications of climate change for the oceans.
One of the biggest challenges in Belize is the need for improved enforcement and the necessary infrastructure to monitor the large reef area to reduce illegal fishing. For many years, illegal fishing occurred near Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve and Glovers Reef Marine Reserve by fishermen from Guatemala and Honduras.
Potential Danger The Belize Barrier Reef is faced with major threats which could have deleterious effects on its inherent characteristics: Operational Guidelines (83)(ii)(b) Potential danger includes the threat of a planned resettlement or development project within the property or so situated that the impacts threaten the property.
www.climatelaw.org /media/UNESCO.petitions.release/belize.barrier.reef.doc   (6887 words)

 Belize Reef Die-Off Due to Climate Change?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
McClanahan said he was "hooked" when he noticed that the Belize Barrier Reef System, the world's second largest, showed signs of ill health similar to damaged reefs near densely populated locations like Jamaica.
Coral reefs consist primarily of tiny plant-like animals that thrive in the clean, clear water and sunlight found mostly in tropical oceans.
Though coral reefs cover less than one percent of the Earth's surface, their direct value to humans is far greater than their geographic distribution.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2003/03/0325_030325_belizereefs.html   (1072 words)

 Belize : Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Initiatives
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef region, located off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea, is home to many ecologically and economically important marine species.
Local communities of the Mesoamerican barrier reef area rely heavily on this highly diverse reef system but engage in many unsustainable practices that damage and diminish the marine ecosystem.
A major threat to the Mesoamerican barrier reef area is overexploitation of many of the ecologically and economically important marine species.
www.wcs.org /international/marine/marinelacaribbean/mesoamericanbarrierreef   (674 words)

 Belize Island Real Estate
Approximately eight miles from the world famous Blue Hole, the island is situated within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, just east of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world.
Belize is an English speaking British Commonwealth country with a longstanding democratic tradition and independent judiciary.
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world.
www.belizeislandrealestate.com   (378 words)

 Scuba Diving in Belize: Diving the Belize Barrier Reef
With a total length of almost 300 km (190 miles), the Belize Barrier Reef is the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and the second longest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
It follows the continental shelf off the coast of Belize at a distance from the mainland between 1 km (1100 yards) in the north and 40 km (25 miles) in the south.
Franks Caye is home to Reef Conservation International, an NGO that works hard to study and protect the Belize Barrier Reef.
www.sailing-diving-guatemala.com /Scuba-Diving.htm   (495 words)

 The Barrier Reef   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Sailing the warm, crystal-clear waters surrounding the cayes [keys] and reef is the best way to experience them and Belize's breathtaking coastline.
Belize is a scuba divers and snorkelers paradise.
For the famous Blue Hole Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe or Glovers, day tours are recommended to dive and snorkel to keep your valuable cruising time.
www.belize-sailing.com /pages/npbelize.htm   (469 words)

 Hugh Parkey Belize Dive Connection - Barrier Reef
The offerings of the Barrier Reef are as varied as its length ranging from wall to massive spur and groove formation.
The Barrier Reef is the closest to land off Ambergris Caye, and so the dive sites are quickly reached with a minimum of hassle.
As you move south along the Barrier Reef from Ambergris Caye, there are four islands that are perched nearly atop the reef.
www.belizediving.com /bzediveconnect/dreef.html   (293 words)

 Scuba Diving and Snorkeling along the Belizean Barrier Reef
Belize is often referred to as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.
The world's second largest barrier reef runs parallel to its coast, at distances ranging from a few hundred feet at the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, to nearly forty miles at the southern-most tip of the country.
However, the barrier reef is not the only factor that makes Belize one of the world's most popular destinations for scuba divers and snorkelers.
www.belize.com /reef-scuba.html   (261 words)

 Belize Barrier-Reef Reserve System - World Heritage Site - Pictures, info and travel reports
The Belize barrier reef is one of a small group of natural sites where we have visited the “natural phenomenon” but have not actually entered the detailed boundaries delineated by the nomination (limited in this case to 7 relatively small reserves from an overall reef length of almost 300kms).
We are happy with what we saw of the reef and enjoyed Belize as a destination, but see no need to return for more, even “inside” the boundaries.
As we didn’t have an underwater camera the only photo we have of the reef is from this guest house out to the breakers about a mile away on the horizon looking over the boat we hired to take us out.
www.worldheritagesite.org /sites/belizebarrierreef.html   (962 words)

 Expedition to Explore Belize's Barrier Reefs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Summary Scientists and divers will participate in an expedition to the barrier reefs of Belize in November, as part of a worldwide celebration of the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
Strung through turquoise waters along the coast of Belize are some 200 miles (322 kilometers) of pristine barrier reef—an area second in size only to Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef.
Between the Belize coast and the main reef are some 450 cayes, islets, and islands—including three of the Western Hemisphere's four coral atolls.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2002/10/1017_021017_belize.html   (791 words)

I visited Belize from January 25 to February 3, 1997 with a friend, Nancy R. We took a first class express bus from Belize City to San Ignacio (booked on Venus Bus Lines one day ahead, at their bus station).
Belize itself felt very safe (outside of Belize City, which suffers from the usual urban crime problems found in most cities of the world).
We flew in a small plane from Belize City to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, which is part of Belize's Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
www.photoseek.com /Belize.html   (1825 words)

 Caye Caulker, Belize - Snorkeling the barrier reef and the spectacular Belize atolls
Most of the area inside the reef is less than 20 feet deep and you can see as much with a mask and snorkel from the surface as you can diving.
Hol Chan is a natural cut in the reef, about 25-30 feet deep and home for a wide variety of fishes and other marine life.
Shark-Ray Alley is a shallow cut in the reef where snorkelers are almost assured of encountering nurse sharks and southern stingrays.
www.iguanareefinn.com /snorkel.htm   (489 words)

 Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute
The Coral Reef Monitoring Unit has in place a national coral reef monitoring programme, which complements the Water Quality and Coastal Planning programmes that function to promote good coastal water quality and prudent coastal developments.
The objective of the Reef Monitoring Programme is to study the effects of natural and anthropogenic (man-made) impacts on the Belize Barrier Reef through routine coral reef monitoring, data recording and the maintenance of a reef-monitoring database.
Belize lies within the principal trajectories of late season hurricanes and, over the years, has been affected by a number of large storms; each having different paths, intensities and impact on the Belize Barrier Reef Complex (BBRC).
www.coastalzonebelize.org /prog05.html   (1208 words)

 SCUBA Barrier Reef in Belize with Jaguar Adventure Tours   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The Belize Barrier Reef is minutes away from the dock at Hugh Parkey's Belize Dive Connection.
In some areas the reef is composed of the spur and groove formation that makes diving in Belize unique, and in some areas the drop-off is solid.
Since the Barrier Reef is a windward situation and weather and wind can combine to make diving on the reef choppy, we will alternately move to the Turneffe Atoll at the captain's decision.
www.jaguarbelize.com /scuba_reef.html   (197 words)

 Belize Eco-Tours - Belize vacations packages to Mayan ruins, tropical rainforest tours, scuba diving, caving and more!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Belize is most famous for the flats fishing it offers for the fly fisherman.
The most popular spots for this are along the barrier reef or on the atolls.
The biggest difference between the two is that the lodges on the atolls only offer week long packages whereas the barrier reef lodges are more flexible in their packages.
www.belize-ecotours.com /tours1.html   (610 words)

 Belize Barrier Reef   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
A: The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world and the finest manifestation of a coral reef ecosystem in this Hemisphere for its size, unique variety of reef types and abundance of corals thriving in pristine conditions.
Immediately seaward are three oceanic atolls including Lighthouse Reef, which is unequalled in the Caribbean for its development, variety of reef types and biological diversity.
The Belize Barrier Reef ecosystem has remained pristine because the small, subsistence-level population has not stressed it unduly, and because Belize has existed on the periphery of global commerce.
www.longcayebelize.com /faq/Belize_barrier_reef.htm   (176 words)

 Ambergris Caye Beach Vacations - San Pedro, Belize
Belize's spectacular Barrier Reef, with its dazzling variety of underwater life and string of exquisite islands known as cayes (pronounced "keys") is the main attraction for most first-time visitors to this Caribbean nation.
One half mile to the east is the Belize barrier reef, second longest barrier reef in the world, which continues some 190 miles along the length of Belize.
About a mile long and only a few blocks wide, San Pedro faces the reef near it's southern tip and is approximately 40 miles Northeast of Belize City.
www.belize-vacation.com /ambergris-caye/ambergris-caye.htm   (507 words)

 UNEP-WCMC Protected Areas Programme - Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
PHYSICAL FEATURES The nominated site is included within the Belize Barrier Reef Complex, which is located only a few hundred metres offshore in northern Ambergris Caye, to about 40km offshore in the south.
Throughout the 1960's, a series of studies focusing primarily on the geology of the barrier reef complex, was carried out (Wantland and Pusey, 1975).
CONSERVATION VALUE The Belize submarine shelf and its barrier reef - which includes the nominated site- is the world's second largest barrier reef system and the largest reef complex in the Atlantic-Caribbean area.
sea.unep-wcmc.org /sites/wh/reef.htm   (3673 words)

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