Eureka gong for uncovering a dirty secret blighting the Great Barrier Reef – Australia News


New techniques to identify and reduce the sources of sediment blanketing parts of the Great Barrier Reef have landed Andrew Brooks and his team at Griffith University this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prize for environmental research.

The equivalent of some 900,000 dump-truck loads of dirt ends up on the reef each year. Blocking sunlight and covering corals, the sediment adds to challenges facing reefs that are already threatened by warming waters from climate change.

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