Gallery: Protecting Storm Swept Coastlines With Oyster Shell Seawalls


Photo by Sean Powers, University of South Alabama

Coastal erosion is one of the most daunting problems that a seaside city or county can face. The loss of shorelines and coastal areas due to storm activity can be a devastating event, with damages ranging in the millions of dollars. There are a number of methods used to try and contain such erosion, but a new technique is seeking to establish a thriving underwater ecosystem in process. Marine scientists in Alabama are utilizing tons of oyster shells to create a barrier reef that will serve as a habitat for sea life, filter the water, and protect the coast.

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  1. yoniratner January 13, 2014 at 8:55 am


    We are considering the use of high variance recycled material for the construction of a port. We would like to know how you accounted for variability in total density (including voids) in a material where each truckfull could be entirely different from every other truckfull.

    Yonatan Ratner
    Assistant to QA Director
    A.D.Y.R Construction.

  2. Christian Biggins November 19, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Thats such an awesome approach. It surprises me that something so simple hasnt been tried earlier.
    Great post.

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