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Old 09-26-2006, 09:30 PM   #11
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i could see maybe using bricks or something, but tires, C'MON!

I'm a diver and i think it might actually be kidof interesting to see that, although, very depressing.
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Well, in the picture from the link of the first thread, it doesn't seem like there is very much life on it. A diver would just being looking at a bunch of tires....no coral, not many fish.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:46 PM   #13
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i know, but... i'n not to sure what to say, lol
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imagine how much real coral they probably could have imported from the caribbean for the amount of those tires, and they then could have made some cash off of divers coming to see the reef
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Did you guys read the whole article. It was a well intentioned group that decided to make the reef. It wasn't just a way to dispose of tires. They had to go through junkyards, etc. to get them in the first place. Recycling tires yields more money than throwing them away.

The only problem is that the tires shift around too much in the tide and break up the corals, they aren't heavy enough. It was a good idea, it just didn't work. I agree they probably should have tested it with a few thousand tires to see what happened instead of moving ahead with 2 million.

I don't think it's environmental groups that are wanting to clean it up either. It is in the best interest of the state to do so. More reefs = better fishing = more money from tourism, etc. The navy is doing it and using it as practical experience for naval divers.
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yes, i did read the artlicle
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couldnt they have just put in like 50 tires to start with, see if it worked before dumping 2 million in?

imagine how much real coral they probably could have imported from the caribbean for the amount of those tires
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artificial reef my *beep*, they wanted to get rid of 2 million tires
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im sure its only because there are alot more enviromental groups out there, than in the 1970s
I was responding to those comments if there was any confusion. Importing real coral is much more expensive than free tires. I still maintain that it was a well intentioned idea that didn't go well. No conspiracy theories here.

As stated previously though, I do agree that they should have tested it initially with a smaller number of tires. That was a mistake.
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