- The giant floating rock raft was created by an underwater volcano near Tonga earlier this month.
- Sailors report being surrounded by pumice stone as far as the eye can see.
- A pumice stone can carry millions of corals that could fill the Great Barrier Reef.
A huge pumice raft created by an underwater volcano sails to Australia and this can help the Great Barrier Reef recover from bleaching.
The pumice stone itself is about 60 square miles ̵
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Australian couple Michael Hult and Larissa Brill collided with a raft, raging a catamaran to Fiji on August 16 reports The Guardian.
"We went into a full rock made up of marble to basketball-sized pumice stone," the couple wrote in a Facebook post.
"It was actually pretty ominous, actually ," Brill later told CNN. "The whole ocean was dull – we couldn't see the reflection of the water on the moon."
Holt says, "The rocks were somehow closing in on us, so that we could not see our trail or our wakefulness at all. We could just see the edge, where it returned to plain water – shiny water – at night. "
As this rock island diverts to Australia, it becomes the home of countless marine creatures . Queensland's Scott Bryan told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"There are probably billions to trillions of pieces of pumice stone all floating together and every piece of pumice stone is a means to some marine organism," Brian said. "When it gets here, it will be covered in a whole range of organs me from algae and barrels, corals and crabs, snails and worms. "
He said that millions of individual corals have the potential to find new homes along Australia's coastline.
with pumice stone "is a natural mechanism for species to colonize, restore and grow in a new environment," he said. "This is just one way that nature can help promote regeneration."
"Based on past pumice events that we have examined over the last 20 years, this will bring new healthy corals and other reef dwellers. in the Great Barrier Reef, ”Brian told The Guardian.
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The heat waves in 2016 and 2017 caused devastating coral bleaching and dying over two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef.
Coral whitening occurs when warm water causes corals to expel algae zooxanthels living in their tissues. This causes the corals to turn white. Whitening puts stress on corals and makes it more likely to die.
Brian said that pieces of pumice stone should appear along Australia's coastline in seven to 12 months.