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Coral reefs coming back from the dead

April 10, 2008
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efforts to re-seed dying coral reefs are performing better than anyone dared hope

On land, EcoReefs look attractive but artificial, like contemporary sculpture. Nearly two years later, they’re something else entirely: a hybrid of technology and organic life
Their antler-shaped arms are covered with baby corals and sponges, more varieties than I can count

One of the techniques used to jump-start growth on the EcoReefs was “coral tranplants.” Chunks of loose coral were physically attached to the EcoReefs with little plastic ties. Oddly, those modules have done no better than the ones left to their own devices. No one knows why; perhaps corals, like delicate houseplants, favor a specific angle to the sun. When that orientation is lost, the polyps wallow in confusion…

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It’s mind-boggling to see how fast these corals are returning
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