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Maryland's First Ever Man-made Shoreline Reef Under Construction

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Scientists say parts of the Chesapeake Bay have some of the fastest rising sea levels in the United States.

This threat leads to soil erosion, which is why scientists at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge have begun working on a man-made oyster reef.

They stacked concrete cinder blocks in the water, and placed around two million oyster larvae in them. As time passes, the oysters will attach to the concrete and grow.

Ecologists say oysters are a natural way to improve water quality and strengthen coastlines.

Matthew Gary, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, is helping with this project.

"So this is like a living laboratory, because unfortunately we had some erosion, so we are trying to apply this technology and see if it can stop the erosion right here on this campus," said Matthew.

There are no studies to date on this experiment. Scientists are hoping the oyster reef will improve the shores of the Chesapeake.

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