Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | November 25, 2008

Acidification Affecting Ocean Ecosystems

mussels_600Nearly half the carbon dioxide we spew into the atmosphere is taken up the earth’s oceans, moderating our impact on the greenhouse effect. But when carbon dioxide is absorbed by water it creates carbonic acid. The acidification of earth’s oceans is taking a toll on ocean ecosystems.

Listen to NPR reporter Richard Harris’s report on one study of the how “Mussels Lose Out as Carbon Dioxide Changes the Ocean” 

The Physical Environment textbook links: Carbon Dioxide

Image Courtesy NOAA Ocean Explorer (Source)

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