A small floating island, built from a Lego model, is the first step in the process of building an artificial coral reef in the Caribbean.
This new creation is called the Lighthouse Reef.
The new project comes as a result of an international collaboration between the National Geographic Society and the Coral Reef Institute in Miami, Florida.
This collaboration, which also included the University of Miami and the Miami University, is led by Dr. John K. O’Connor, a professor of civil engineering at the University at Buffalo and an expert in the development of reef systems.
Oceans are home to an array of fascinating and exotic life forms.
They can be found in deep sea coral reefs and even on the ocean floor.
The natural reefs they inhabit are extremely diverse.
But in recent decades, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of reef species that are invasive.
They include bluefin tuna, blue reef sharks, and even jellyfish.
They also grow on coral reefs, which is a common occurrence.
For many years, it was difficult to find natural reefs for reef research, and the only real way to do so was to build artificial reefs from scratch.
The challenge is how to make a reef from scratch, in an environment that is highly inhospitable.
Overnight, the team built the reef from a small model made from Lego.
In addition to building a floating reef, the researchers had to design and build a habitat for the reef, including a base, which was the most difficult part.
This base was built on a 3-by-2-meter (9-by 9-foot) base made of plastic.
To create a reef, it took the scientists about 30 minutes to build a base out of cardboard, cardboard, and Styrofoam.
Then they had to drill holes in the base to fit the coral, which they covered with an artificial sponge.
Then the team had to make the artificial reef from plastic, styrofoum, and polyethylene.
These materials were then heated up to 450 degrees Celsius (1,100 degrees Fahrenheit), to give the coral a translucent appearance.
In the end, the scientists spent a total of five days building the coral reef.
To be able to construct the reef the team first had to find an artificial reefs habitat.
“For the first time, we were able to find a real natural reef that was accessible for us to build,” says K. M. Olin, a marine biologist who helped the researchers design the reef habitat.
The team had a lot of difficulty getting the habitat built out of Styro-foam, which requires special tools to drill and drill again.
However, the artificial coral habitat that they built is built to withstand the high temperatures and pressures that would be needed to build an artificial ocean reef, and to withstand extreme weather conditions.
“When it rains, it’s raining,” says Olin.
“And when it’s not raining, it can get very warm.”
The coral reef is also made from the same materials as the artificial ocean reefs that were built in the lab.
The plastic base is a 3/4-inch (11-centimeter) thick layer of Styrosulfur.
The Styrofoam base was a 1-inch thick layer, and they built a plastic layer on top of the Styro foam.
“The styrofom material is very flexible,” Olin says.
“It can be stretched and compressed, so we were actually able to use it to make some structural support structures.”
To build the artificial reefs, the entire team had the help of a team of students, who helped them to design the habitat and construct the structure.
“We used the help from all over the world,” O’ Connor says.
The artificial reef can be used to study the effects of marine pollution, including the impacts of plastic pollution on coral reef communities.
In fact, the reef is already being used for reef conservation research.
The reef can also be used for testing new technologies that could potentially help to control the spread of invasive species, such as genetically modified organisms.
The researchers are currently planning to expand their research to other species.
“One of the goals of this project is to build new coral reefs in the wild,” says James H. Gullickson, the director of the Coral and Coastal Sciences Institute at the Miami Sea Grant University.
“That’s really the goal.
That’s the only goal we really have in mind.”
Olin hopes to use this project to build reef habitats in the Amazon, the Gulf of Mexico, and elsewhere.
“This will be a useful tool for reef researchers to study natural coral reefs that may be vulnerable to invasive species,” he says.
A small underwater research project that’s a part of a larger effort to understand the health of the oceans The Coral Reef Initiative is part of the Global Marine Life Science Network (GMLSN), a multidisciplinary initiative that includes the University, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of North Carolina, and others. This