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Restoring Coral Reefs Is Possible and Surprisingly Fast

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  • Coral reefs make up less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the Earth’s surface, yet supply resources worth an estimated $375 billion annually
  • Biorock shows promise for restoring reefs; it starts with metal structures that are planted into the reef
  • Transplanted fragments of live coral (that have been damaged by storms, anchors or other mishaps) are attached and the structure is fed low-voltage electricity to accelerate the growth process
  • Biorock reefs grow at a rate of 1 to several centimeters of new rock per year, which is about three to five times faster than normal and can withstand strong hurricanes

By Dr. Mercola

Coral reefs make up less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the Earth's surface, yet supply resources worth an estimated $375 billion annually, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More than 500 million people around the world depend on coral reefs for protection from storms, food, jobs and recreation, and they provide a home to more than 25 percent of fish species and 800 hard coral species.


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