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Could ‘Pumice Raft’ Help The Great Barrier Reef?

A large, floating island of volcanic pumice in the South Pacific has some scientists wondering if it could drift long enough to get to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and help that reef grow more coral.

Earlier this month, NASA satellites took photos of a huge “pumice raft” floating near Tonga, evidence of a recent underwater volcano eruption.

The “pumice raft” is slowly drifting to the west, and if it stays together could even reach Australia, according to the University of Tasmania’s Dr. Martin Jutzeler, who told the BBC:

“It possibly could reach Australia in a year’s time, but we don’t know if it could even last.”

As these pumice rocks drift, they tend to attract marine life, so if the pumice does reach Australia, it could help rejuvenate the Great Barrier Reef, which has undergone tremendous coral bleaching in recent years.

(Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens)

SourceBBC
John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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