The Great Barrier Reef, An Obituary

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

One of the undisputed wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is taking its last breaths, according to experts. This expansive, multi-media scroll-through feature from the Guardian outlines the 133,000 square mile spectacle’s biological history; from tectonic activity millions of years ago to recent human ruin caused by irresponsible tourism and fishing. While the story of the reef alone is captivating, the way it’s told is stunning and points to the opportunity major publications have to capitalize on the web. Beautifully composed photos and videos seamlessly replace text as the reader scrolls through the four chapters.