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Clouds may help save reef

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SYDNEY: To slow the speed at which high temperatur­es and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmen­tal treasure.

Researcher­s working on the so-called Cloud Brightenin­g project are using a turbine to spray microscopi­c sea particles to thicken existing clouds and reduce sunlight on the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem.

The droplets evaporate leaving only tiny salt crystals that float into the atmosphere allowing water vapour to condense around them, forming clouds, according to Daniel Harrison, a senior lecturer at Southern Cross University, who runs the project.

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