Photo: The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Queensland, Australia
Rivers deliver sediment from land to the ocean. This sediment contains nutrients which can feed microscopic algae in water. But, if there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef.
The challenge is that sediment comes from many different locations and we need to know … [more…] “To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?”
This is part 1 of a two-part series concerning Richard Condrey and Natalie Peyronnin’s recent paper, “Using Louisiana’s coastal history to innovate its coastal future,” published in Shore & Beach, Fall 2017. See part 2 here.
They were there, billions of oysters on the Great Barrier Reef of the Americas (GRBA), along the southern coast of Louisiana – a dangerous impediment to navigation. Just three to four feet under
… [more…] “The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past”