Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Good News Wednesday III

Wow. it doesn't get much better than this. Maybe the Earth will survive after all. Coral reef around the island of Bikini Atoll (in Micronesia), which was used for multiple nuclear tests, 23 in fact, in the 1940s and 50s, is apparently thriving.

Scientists "report a thriving ecosystem of 183 species of coral, some of which were 8 metres high. They estimate that the diversity of species represents about 65% of what was present before the atomic tests."

One possible explanation of it's regrowth, "the lack of human disturbance is helping its recovery. Although the ambient radiation is low, people have remained at bay." Who would have thought, a lack of humans have caused a species to flourish. (New Scientist Environment)

Good luck my little coral friends.

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