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

    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon View Post
    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.
    Poor coral, how sad.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    Poor coral, how sad.
    what logic could one use to promote the destruction of a unique natural environment that delivers millions of dollars in tourist revenues?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    what logic could one use to promote the destruction of a unique natural environment that delivers millions of dollars in tourist revenues?
    Well, I don't live in Australia, in fact I will never get the pleasure to see their wonderful continent. Therefore, I will leave it up to the Australian government to decide what is best for them.

    I don't buy into this ecological destruction so many see at every turn. Just like those here in the States who bitch and moan about drilling in Alaska, I believe the potential damage is overblown.

    The bottom line is that it is up to Australia to do as they wish with their own land. If they decided to destroy the entire reef, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    Well, I don't live in Australia, in fact I will never get the pleasure to see their wonderful continent. Therefore, I will leave it up to the Australian government to decide what is best for them.
    yes, because as a conservative, I am sure you always assume governments know best ...

    I don't buy into this ecological destruction so many see at every turn.
    actually you didn't question it, you dismissed the potential concerns as a non-issue

    Just like those here in the States who bitch and moan about drilling in Alaska, I believe the potential damage is overblown.
    questioning=/=dismissing

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