The TESCAN TIMA is an automated mineralogy solution typically used by mine sites and geoscientists, but here we explore a non-conventional application that has wide-ranging importance across the world’s corals reefs.
Coral reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystems of the ocean. They are a rigid, wave resistant skeletal structure whose framework is comprised of hard corals and many other components, including other skeletons such as algae, sediment grains and ‘cements’. But what keeps Australia’s Great Barrier Reef together?
Queensland University of Technology’s Lisa Kearney, Crystal Cooper, and Luke Nothdurft; and AXT PTY LTD’s Cameron Chai and Kamran Khajehpour published their work on this in a recent AMMS article.