Kevin Rudd, the incoming prime minster, and Julia Gillard, the outgoing prime minister, in happier times. Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The city of Gladstone near the Great Barrier Reef is the world's fourth largest coal-export hub. Dredges, like one seen here, have turned the harbor brown as they work to expand the coal port. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science takes a water sample during his experiment out on part of the Great Barrier Reef. The water is slightly pink because his team is using a dye to trace an acid-neutralizing chemical as it flows across the reef. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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On Australia's Heron Island, buff-banded rails like this one have become the avian equivalent of a weed. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologized Thrusday for how thousands of unwed mothers were forced to give up their children from the late-1950s to the '70s. Morne de Klerk/Getty Images hide caption

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Heron Island is located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, about 25 miles off the northeast coast of Australia. Ted Mead/Getty Images hide caption

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The "Harlem Shake" has certainly gone global. Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, these folks joined in. Christian Brun /EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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The story of "Prisoner X" is dominating the media in both Australia and Israel. William West/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The "prisoner x" story is front page news in Australia. William West /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Australia's "sunshine coast" over the weekend, storms whipped up sea foam. It was so thick it covered this car. Thankfully, as it emerged the people who had been watching were able to get out of the way. YouTube.com hide caption

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