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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    What grave threat would that be? They're not putting it on the reef.
    You're joking right? You do realize that sand doesn't just sit on the ocean floor, don't you? It is churned about and carried all over the place by strong currents, waves, animals, and even boats.They may not be putting it directly on the reef, but the East Australian Current will ensure it gets there.

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    They are putting it in the ocean that it came out of. This is a nothing-story.
    Erhm, this sand didn't come from the ocean; it is dredge spoil filled with toxic chemicals originating from inland.

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon View Post
    Erhm, this sand didn't come from the ocean; it is dredge spoil filled with toxic chemicals originating from inland.
    Huh? I'm pretty sure it's just sand. It'd be a bit hard to dredge a harbour inland. Anyway, I can't see three kilometers of sand doing much harm to a reef that stretches for almost three thousand kilometers.
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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Huh? I'm pretty sure it's just sand. It'd be a bit hard to dredge a harbour inland. Anyway, I can't see three kilometers of sand doing much harm to a reef that stretches for almost three thousand kilometers.
    People underestimate how fragile reef ecosystems really are. 3 million cubic meters of toxic sand and debris can be catastrophic. Even simple plumes of sand can wipe out an entire reef which is why they are monitored by satellite.

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon View Post
    People underestimate how fragile reef ecosystems really are. 3 million cubic meters of toxic sand and debris can be catastrophic. Even simple plumes of sand can wipe out an entire reef which is why they are monitored by satellite.
    What toxins are in this sand then?
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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Greenpeace opposes torturing puppies. Why do you hate puppies?
    You have Green Peace confused with PETA.

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    You have Green Peace confused with PETA.
    Same thing. Green Peace are opposed to raping whales. Why do you rape whales?
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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Same thing. Green Peace are opposed to raping whales. Why do you rape whales?
    Well that's the only vagina that can handle my massive man pole.

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Same thing. Green Peace are opposed to raping whales. Why do you rape whales?
    Whales like me and I've never raped a whale.

    Why does the Sierra Club support and protect dog rapers ?

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    What toxins are in this sand then?
    Dredge spoils typically contain polychlorinated biphenyls, oil, lead, mercury, etc. Even your average sand grains, while fairly innocuous to other animal life, still pose considerable danger to the corals when dumped in large quantities. This has a tendency to form large plumes of silt which come to rest on the corals and kill them by blocking sunlight.

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    Re: Australia to dump dredged sand in Great Barrier Reef Park

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Huh? I'm pretty sure it's just sand. It'd be a bit hard to dredge a harbour inland. Anyway, I can't see three kilometers of sand doing much harm to a reef that stretches for almost three thousand kilometers.
    yeah, people seem to be opposing and supporting this strictly based on ideology here. Why not read the science on it then decide?

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