Sailors encounter floating pumice 'raft' drifting across the Pacific Ocean


Now to what is being called a raft of rocks floating in the pacific ocean. It's about sixty square miles of pumice. This is a lightweight volcanic rock that forms when lavas is rapidly cooled that is roughly the size of manhattan and experts believe it's likely the product of an underwater volcano near tonga scientists actually think this big big raft of rock may have picked up some travelers along the way they say it's likely marine life has hitched a ride on the floating pumice which could be good news is is if it reaches australia this geologist scott brian with the queensland university of technology charity so they use thomas's pickoff corals roles now the reef dwelling organisms and refilling organisms and transport them and really large numbers to raise australia's great barrier reef isn't ecosystem often that has been hit hard by climate change. We've had some really significant cold bleaching events but probably sock lonzo thing quite devastating stories on the gripe batteries but if this raft of rock some the size of marbles others the size of basketballs if this team was see life and if it reaches australia's coast in several months it could bring an injection of life for australia's most cherished national natural wonder so this is a mechanism that sort of helping that opportunity for the race you to rebuild and restore the scientists are urging caution saying not to get too excited researcher terry hughes the director of the arc center of excellence for coral reefs studies went on twitter twitter and noted that saving coral reefs depends on action on climate change and that there is no silver bullet.

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