Biorock Electric Reefs Grow Back Severely Eroded Beaches in Months
AbstractSeverely eroded beaches on low lying islands in Indonesia were grown back in a few months—believed to be a record—using an innovative method of shore protection, Biorock electric reef technology. Biorock shore protection reefs are growing limestone structures that get stronger with age and repair themselves, are cheaper than concrete or rock sea walls and breakwaters, and are much more effective at shore protection and beach growth. Biorock reefs are permeable, porous, growing, self-repairing structures of any size or shape, which dissipate wave energy by internal refraction, diffraction, and frictional dissipation. They do not cause reflection of waves like hard sea walls and breakwaters, which erodes the sand in front of, and then underneath, such structures, until they collapse. Biorock reefs stimulate settlement, growth, survival, and resistance to the environmental stress of all forms of marine life, restoring coral reefs, sea grasses, biological sand production, and fisheries habitat. Biorock reefs can grow back eroded beaches and islands faster than the rate of sea level rise, and are the most cost-effective method of shore protection and adaptation to global sea level rise for low lying islands and coasts. View Full-Text
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Goreau, T.J.F.; Prong, P. Biorock Electric Reefs Grow Back Severely Eroded Beaches in Months. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2017, 5, 48.
Goreau TJF, Prong P. Biorock Electric Reefs Grow Back Severely Eroded Beaches in Months. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2017; 5(4):48.Chicago/Turabian Style
Goreau, Thomas J.F.; Prong, Paulus. 2017. "Biorock Electric Reefs Grow Back Severely Eroded Beaches in Months." J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 5, no. 4: 48.
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