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 Post subject: Artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale an ecological disaster
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:54 pm 
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Artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale coast now an ecological disaster

By Brian Skoloff
The Associated Press

February 18, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A mile offshore from this city's high-rise condos and beachside bars, where glitz and glamour mix with spring break revelry, lies an underwater dump - up to 2 million old tires strewn across the ocean floor.

A well-intentioned attempt in 1972 to create what was touted as the world's largest artificial reef made of tires has become an ecological disaster.

The idea was simple: Create new marine habitat and alternate dive sites to relieve pressure on natural reefs, while disposing of tires that were clogging landfills.

Decades later it's clear the plan failed miserably.

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Wow! How depressing!

Even when people try to do good things, they still destroy the environment. With the blessings of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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