Aussies take saving coral to new heights, but is it a drop in ...


Aussies take saving coral to new heights, but is it a drop in the ocean?

Scientists have come up with a method to thicken clouds and reduce sunlight on the Great Barrier Reef

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To slow the speed at which high temperatures and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmental treasure.

Researchers working on the so-called Cloud Brightening project said they use a turbine to spray microscopic sea particles to thicken existing clouds and reduce sunlight on the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem off the country’s northeast coast.

The water droplets evaporate, leaving only tiny salt crystals which float up into the atmosphere allowing water vapour to condense around them, forming clouds, said Daniel Harrison, a senior lecturer at Southern Cross University, who runs the project...

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