ECOncrete: Another Technology That Could Revive The Ocean's Life

Concrete barrier in the sea.
Concrete barrier in the sea. (Photo: Brent Keane/ Pexels)

Concrete is the most important material in construction. With its properties, concrete has always been written in every builder's list around the globe. Because of its durability and strength, it can withstand a lot of natural disasters, erosion, and weathering and can even stand usable for long periods.

But amid all these things, not all people have the slightest idea of how it could negatively affect the environment, especially the sea. In a report prepared by Samiyra Abdus-Samad of Urban Assembly New York Harbor School in Manhattan, New York, he shared that the concrete composition can actually create an imbalance in the biodiversity of the ocean and could even harm every species living in it.

Given these reasons, two scientists decide to work together to fight the negative effects of concrete. Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Dr. Ido Sella, who are marine ecologists, leaders in the growing field of ecological enhancement and green engineering technologies, and experts in urban marine ecology, decide to create ECOncrete® a safer alternative than ordinary concrete.

So why is ECOncrete® better? Nuseir Yassin, an online travel video blogger, enumerated through his Facebook page Nas Daily several amazing reasons why this invention is not just better but also safer to use.

According to Yassin, ECOncrete® is created uniquely as it has been built with tiny holes in it where fishes and other small creatures can live. Second, it has added materials that are good for the ocean. And lastly, this technology is stronger than your regular concretes.

To test its effectiveness, efficiency, and accuracy to the benefits it has promised, the experts behind the project let their eco-product stay under the ocean for months. After the trial, they found how it has adjusted with the ocean's life pretty well: seaweeds have started to grow on top of it, small fishes and sea creatures start to live in and around it, even corals have attached itself to it, and the marine life around it are starting to flourish once again. Furthermore, with how biology has embraced it with corals and shells, this technology is getting stronger. This covering is what the experts call "bio protection."

Meanwhile, Shimrit and Ido are doing their best to bring life back to the ocean through their project. Though the task may be difficult and even seem impossible, their progress is impressive. As of the writing, they have already installed their ECOncrete® in five countries and are still aiming to bring it to all parts of the world.

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