Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | March 11, 2009

Coral Reefs May Start Dissolving When Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Doubles

Pillar coral Courtesy NOAA

Pillar coral Courtesy NOAA

Ocean acidity is increasing as it absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere due to human activities. A new study shows that as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, ocean acidity will threaten the viability of coral reefs. If atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations double over pre-industrial levels, coral reefs will stop growing and begin dissolving.

See article at ScienceDaily.

The Physical Environment Links: Reefs

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