Earlier this week, Outside Magazine published an obituary for Australia's Great Barrier Reef that was intended as a tongue in cheek cautionary tale.
Twitter and social media users took the article at face value and are now spreading false information that the Reef is dead. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef ecosystem and it covers 186,411 square miles. The Reef is in danger of extinction because of coral bleaching, fishing, mining and burning fossil fuels.
Scientists are concerned that efforts to save the Reef will diminish because of this incorrect information. More than 2 million people visit the site every year.