Reef is a familiar phenomenon. Some are artificial, some are natural. Built for the betterment of the nature too. Now, the world’s longest artificial reef is under construction off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Kan-Kanán project will be 1.9 kilometres (1.18 miles) long upon completion and will help protect the area’s fragile coastal environment and restore valuable habitat for marine life.
On completion, it will be longer than the Brooklyn Bridge and it will supposedly support about 13 000 marine species.
On the east coast of Mexico, just south of Cancun, the project is located in the Caribbean, near the town of Puerto Morelos. The second longest barrier reef is situated in the same place, but its health is not in its prime because of various human activities and climate changes.
Extreme tropical weather has combined with waterfront development and due to this erosion and habitat destruction has also become major issues along this stretch of coastline.
When completed, the artificial reef will snake along the shore, giving rise to its Mayan name Kan-Kanán, which translates as the Guarding Serpent.
A team of over 100 environmentalists, divers, architects and engineers, more than 1,000 hollow concrete pyramids, each weighing 10 tons, are being craned into placed offshore to rest on a base of concrete and micro silica. The design of each pyramid is carefully engineered to support the marine ecosystem.
The reef is expected to restore the declining marine life as well as protect the beach in its glory by providing erosion protection for the shoreline.
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