21st Century Atoll

Etching Chine-collé, 56 x 38 cm, 2009

Charles Darwin postulated that atolls form when corals grow upwards at the same rate that their volcanic island sea bottom subsides. Corals need to stay in the photic zone to catch enough sunlight to photosynthesize and grow. Ship or car wrecks can be a substrate on which reefs grow too. Ironically, those sunken cars used to run on fossil fuels sourced from ancient coral reefs.

21 st Century Atoll, etching, 2009

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