Why do people let crazy ideas like this get media time?
"Giant Hamburger Headed Towards Reef Could Replenish It".
Like the thing about robot fish saving the reef, or a garbage collecting boat clearing the plastic from the oceans.
May as well be writing about how aliens will be coming to save The Reef.
It enables climate change deniers.
Just because this hasn't happened in the 150 years we've been semi-accurately recording things in the south Pacific doesn't mean it's not a common occurrence.
Volcanic ejecta is extremely mineral rich, and when combined with decomposing organics makes some of the best, most fertile soil you can get.
Bryan said the raft will be the temporary home for billions of marine organisms. Marine life including barnacles, corals, crabs, snails and worms will tag along as it travels toward Australia and become a "potential mechanism for restocking the Great Barrier Reef".
This was then more widely reported as "Scientists say..."
It appears Bryan is a geologist specializing in volcanology who has expertise in pumice rafts, but not in marine biology. One would have hoped he would know better than to make such statements to the media.
But yes, it may be a case of over-positivism as I call it, being so optimistic that a natural disaster is viewed from the prism of - that's good news. More so when one natural disaster can be perceived as a solution to another disaster, albeit one in which we played a part. Heck, it's even possible to say that this volcano underwater would not of erupted had we not changed the climate.
But however we look at it, it would be nice to see some more balanced perspectives without the over-positive spin. Will this heat up the ocean in the vicinity due to it absorbing more heat, will it starved of oxygen as it blocks photosynthesis in the area it travels. Those tangents of thought get overlooked, yet have just as much plausibility than latching onto how this is the saviour of the coral reef.
But one question I have - pumice volcanic rock, what gas is trapped in that rock?
Or how about "residents advised to evacuate, as hurricane could strike town"
Very few things are guaranteed, and I for one would like to be forewarned about things.