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Huge concrete reef to be built off Florida coast

Naples, Gulf of Mexico.
Naples, Gulf of Mexico. Image by Julie Campbell / CC BY 2.0

Construction is about to start on a huge artificial reef – the largest in the western hemisphere – to be located off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Around 18,000 tons of concrete will be dumped in the ocean to form the reef (actually a collection of 36 individual reefs), which aim to replace reefs that have been lost to hurricanes and changing ocean currents. The $1.5 million project hopes to boost marine life and create diving areas. Read more: foxnews.com