August 27, 2019
The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. Help may be on the way.
According to this article at the weather.com website, sailors recently discovered a “huge raft” made of pumice floating toward Australia. Created by an underwater volcano, the raft is some 60 square miles in size, or about the size of Washington, D.C. As it drifts, it will become the new home for countless marine organisms, and there is hope that it will bring a needed, healthy injection of life to the Great Barrier Reef. One geologist says “There’s probably billions to trillions of pieces of pumice all floating together and each piece of pumice is a vehicle for some marine organism. When it gets here, it’ll be covered in a whole range of organisms of algae and barnacles and corals and crabs and snails and worms.”
The pumice should be showing up along Australia’s within a year.