05 Jul '17, 12pm

Could Artificial Reefs Save Our Oceans?

Could Artificial Reefs Save Our Oceans?

Could Artificial Reefs Save Our Oceans? By Marlene Cimons The Smithsonian Institution calls coralline algae "the unsung architects of coral reefs ." These pink-colored seaweed , with a skeletal structure that resembles honeycomb, live in harmony with coral. They strengthen the corals' foundation by growing over and between gaps in coral reefs, essentially gluing sections of coral together. They provide a surface for baby corals to settle, and serve as food for marine life, including sea urchins, parrot fish and mollusks. "They promote biodiversity and coastal protection," said Chiara Lombardi, a scientist with the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA ). "Also, they play an active role in the carbon cycle." The bad news, however, is that, like coral, they are vulnerable to the ravages of climate change and ocean aci...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/artificial-reefs-coralline-algae...

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