Known as the ‘rainforests of the sea’, coral reefs are vital to the health of our oceans and all marine life, but corals are being threatened by pollution, climate change, and other human and environmental impacts. Thanks to a 3D-printing method to preserve the reefs, saving corals just went high-tech!
Existing artificial reefs have difficulty replicating the complexity of coral habitats and hosting reef species that mirror natural environments.
In a joint research project, Scientists from four leading universities in Israel have found an innovative way to combine technology and science to help preserve coral reefs.
The 3D process begins by scanning underwater photographs of coral reefs. From this visual information, a three-dimensional model of the reef is assembled with maximum accuracy.
The final stage is the translation and production of a ceramic reef in 3D printing. The reefs are made of a unique ceramic that is naturally porous underwater and provides the most ideal construction and restoration needs to the affected area.
The scientists say the model can be adapted to help curb reef devastation plaguing coral ecosystems around the globe.
Source: Science Daily