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Kickstarter projects to watch

by Ksso on June 08, 2011

Kickstarter is a platform to raise money for your project. Actually it's not really technicaly about raising money but rather about pre-selling the idea and getting enough cash to finance its execution. Kickstarter has helped finance and launch many amazing projects, sometimes geeky, sometimes arty... but today I wanted to showcase two projects related to things that matter to scuba divers.Living Sea Sculpture: contemporary art as coral refuge

Protei, Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot

Both projects have been successfully founded, and we'll watch closely as they progress ! Hopefully we'll find more of such initiatives on Kickstarter.


Coral Gardening in Fiji

by Ksso on May 29, 2011

Check out how marine biologists work with fishermen to regrow corals and restore reefs in the Pacific. It takes as much as 2 years for the coral to get to the stage where it can be harvested and re-planted on the reefs, this is what it takes to restore the habitat of the fishes and have them come back.Source Arthur Kerns via Chuck Jones


Coral Reef Spawning : Now in Australia

by Ksso on March 30, 2011

As Wikipedia states, (in case you don't know what a coral is):Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Corals are colonies of tiny living animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, and are formed by polyps that live together in groups. The polyps secrete a hard carbonate exoskeleton which provides support and protection for the body of each polyp. Reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear, sunny and agitated waters. Also, a coral reef is a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone. ...


Endangered coral reefs

by Ksso on February 25, 2011

The world resource institute just published a new study about the state of the coral reefs on the planet.Coral reefs are classified by estimated present threat from local human activities, according to the Reefs at Risk integrated local threat index. The index combines the threat from the following local activities: overfishing and destructive fishing, coastal development, watershed-based pollution, and marine-based pollution and damage.Apparently Australia's great barreer  and Egypt's red sea are safe but the whole indonesian and mexican gulf areas are quite at risk.A few key facts highlighted by the research :More than 60 percent of the world’s reefs are under immediate and direct...


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