Saturday, September 12, 2009
Eco-friendly ... sort of
Coral reefs have been damaged or are disappearing at an alarming rate - some estimates say as less than 30% of the world's coral is healthy.
To help, the 523 ft. USNS Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg, used during the Cold War, will be sunk off the coast of southern Florida to provide a platform for the development of coral. Coral is vital to the maintenance of a vibrant and diverse marine ecosystem. The warship's development of coral will also help shift tourists who dive from areas where the coral population is much more fragile.