Thirty miles west of the Great Barrier Reef, researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science have created a carbon copy of the ocean. The Sea Simulator, in Townsville, Queensland, was created to research the effects of climate change on marine life.
Caption:Claire ReillyPhoto:Christian Miller/Australian Institute of Marine Science
Australia's National Sea Simulator
The Sea Simulator allows researchers to create entire miniature ecosystems, with multiple organisms living together, rather than keeping single species in individual tanks. The result? Conditions that more closely resemble those found on a real reef.
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The colour and the shape
Each tank at the SeaSim can be perfectly calibrated to mimic real ocean conditions, from temperatures (adjustable down to 0.1 degrees Celsius), pH levels and even variations in sunlight re-created with LED lighting.