“The Coral Reef: Researching a Living System” opens at the National Museum of Natural History. The exhibition marks the first time it has been possible to keep a large reef community, including corals, alive and healthy in isolation from the sea. More than three tons of coral rubble and a least two hundred species of plants and animals were transported from the Caribbean for the exhibition and research project. Housed in a 3,000-gallon tank system, this microcosm reef community is kept alive by high intensity lights, a wave-generating machine and a battery of monitoring equipment.
Posted: 15 October 2010