National Geographic : 1934 Jun
Photograph from Charles Barrett THE LONE MAN, RAMBLING ACROSS THE CORAL BUILDERS' MASTERPIECE, IS DWARFED BYITSIMMENSITY Built up through the ages by the skeletons of countless coral animals, Australia's Great Barrier Reef parallels the continent's eastern coast formore than 1,200 miles-a vast chain of innumerable reefs sprinkled with islets. Between the Outer Barrier and the mainland stretches a"Grand Canal," from 7to100miles wide, through which vessels ply. Capt. James Cook, in his Endeavour, and many another mariner since have come to griefonthis great wall oftheocean.