Great Barrier Reef becomes living laboratory for CO2 tests (video)

Australian scientists are conducting a 12-month experiment in an underwater laboratory on the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland. The experiment is to assess the consequences of rising atmospheric carbon levels on a living reef.

The laboratory is anchored around 100 feet off Heron Island on the reef.

[David Kline, Scientist]:
“It should be a much more accurate assessment of how the complex community on an intact reef is going to respond to higher levels of CO2.”

The scientists are pumping different levels of CO2 into four underwater chambers every day for a year, replicating the conditions forecast until the end of the century.

Early results indicate that the corals are under pressure as more CO2 is pumped in.

New Tang Dynasty Television, 2 June 2010. Full article and video.

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