14 % drop in coral growth on Great Barrier Reef since 1990

Discussion in 'Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions' started by Reef Maniac, 2 Jan 2009.

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    Really worrying...

    Hennie
     
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    Very worrying considering we have to preserve these treasures for our great great great grandchildren and theirs.
     
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    I am even MORE worried because of the CHEMICAL CRAP being dumped into our seas, causing the sea water's pH to be dropping by a percentage point year-on-year..... This is causing the seawater to become more and more acidic - which in turn has the effect that the coral's skeleton building is impacted HUGELY!
     
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    Yup - looks like we will have to build some MASSIVE kalkwasser drippers for the reefs, LOL

    Seriously, I have a feeling that our reefkeeping knowledge & technology will one day in the not too distant future be required to keep small portions of the real reefs alive - sad, but inevitable, I think :whistling:
     
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    ReefManiac - I just think that soon that our knowledge, AND HOME BASED REEFS will supply something back to nature, that we have taken out of it for all these years.... perhaps soon we can all participate in donating frags to be placed back onto the reefs, to repopulate our killed off reefs!
     
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    I sincerely hope that it doesn't come to that:( but i suspect it might.
     
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