Nestled in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary, 10 tree-like structures made of PVC pipes rise up from the ocean floor. They are adorned with plastic cards that hang from fiberglass branches. The cards house growing pieces of endangered coral. An odd sight to see, this group of makeshift trees could help solve one of the greatest environmental problems facing the world’s oceans today—the loss of coral reefs.
The structures are divided into two groups not far from FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base. Scientists call them nurseries, a place where they grow new corals. One resides at 90 feet below the ocean surface, the deepest coral nursery in the world.
“People haven’t tried to grow coral reef nurseries at these depths before, so there are new questions we’ll be able to address with science,” said Anthony Bellantuono, a post-doctoral research associate at Florida International University.
Read Full Story: Phys.org/Evelyn S. Gonzalez/Florida International University
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