Volume 86 Issue 40 | p. 47 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 6, 2008

Increasingly Acidic Oceans Will Be Noisier

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

As ocean pH drops due to human activities, low- and mid-frequency sounds will travel farther in water, report researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, Calif. (Geophys. Res. Lett. 2008, 35, L19601). How the noisier seas will affect marine mammals, many of which depend on low-frequency sonar, remains to be seen. It may turn out that the mammals will be able to communicate over longer distances, although they would have . . .

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