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2007-02-18 12:00:20

By Brian Skoloff Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A mile offshore from this city's high- rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor -- a white-walled, steel- belted monument to good intentions gone awry. The tires were unloaded there in 1972 to create an artificial reef that could attract a rich variety of marine life, and to free up space in clogged landfills. But decades later, the idea has proved a huge ecological...

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2007-02-17 00:00:00

By BRIAN SKOLOFF FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A mile offshore from this city's high-rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor - a white-walled, steel-belted monument to good intentions gone awry. The tires were unloaded there in 1972 to create an artificial reef that could attract a rich variety of marine life, and to free up space in clogged landfills. But decades later, the idea has proved a huge ecological blunder. Little sea life has...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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