Tuvalu

Making sand

  • 25 January 2014

At only a few metres above sea level, Tuvalu faces threat from rising waters.  One of the projects aimed at finding a way to shore up Tuvalu’s shoreline is a project to “grow” sand.  The sand is really tiny star shaped coral.

I came across the project research site, just near the port on Funafuti.  It consists of some aquariums set up under an awning and between some shipping containers.  It is a joint project with Japanese researchers from Tokyo University.

These are the photos I took of the project site in April 2010.

Tokyo University FORAM sand project located near the port, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

Tokyo University FORAM star sand project located near the port, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

 


 

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