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New Artificial Reefs “Grow” From Mideast Peace Deal

September 25, 2007

Israel and Jordan have teamed up to construct an artificial reef in the Red Sea that is designed to draw divers away from the fragile natural reefs.

MSS and a team from the Elat campus of Ben-Gurion University (BGU) are spearheading the reef construction.

A 1994 peace deal between Israel and Jordan mandated that the two countries work together on combating marine pollution, natural resources issues, and coastal reef protection in the gulf.

Researchers are also gathering critical data on these complex ecosystems, including coral survival rates and patterns as well as the effects of human behavior on reefs.

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