posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 10:26 PM
Coral experts in Northern Bali, have developed a low cost and innovative way to protect what some call "The Lungs of the Ocean" by using Low Voltage
Electricity to stimulate coral growth. The process involves setting up a "Underwater jungle gym" with wires wrapped around them and hooked up to an
onshore generator for power. Already the technique is being experimented on in other problem spots around the world where coral bleaching caused by El
Nino caused a significant drop in biodiversity. Brown, co-owner of the cottages said that within just a few days after the project began the bars grew
a white limestone film.
PEMUTERAN, North Bali -- As the late afternoon sun bathes the beach with a soft warmth, gentle waves lap quietly at the shore -- and strollers
occasionally stumble over a thick wad of white cables embedded in the fine, black sand.
The cables seem to disappear into the sea, where large blue plastic balls bob in the waves. And they seem to come out of nowhere, sprouting like a
nasty growth on the face of this stretch of tropical paradise on Bali's northwestern coast.
The wires are part of highly original and ambitious underwater experiment: the use of low-voltage electrical current to stimulate regrowth in a badly
damaged coral reef. Conceived by coral expert Tom Goreau of the United States and German architecture professor Wolf Hilbertz, the project began four
years ago and has already achieved remarkable results.
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The last week has seen some very good news on the coral reefs. The first one(which is below) talked about how the reefs are adapting to higher
acidity in the oceans and higher temperatures as well. Then this comes along. I have no idea why this wasn't tried sooner. Although I hear we have
another El Nino coming and that could cause some more bleaching, but with this new technique we could possibly stave off what some people called "The
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