Volume 89 Issue 34 | p. 39 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 22, 2011

Ocean Acidification’s Decalcifying Effects Explained In Detail

Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: carbon dioxide, climate change

The negative response of corals and mollusks to ocean acidification stemming from increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and warming temperatures varies widely, which has perplexed scientists because they have not been able to pin down general patterns for how the shells and skeletons of calcifying sea creatures grow and dissolve under lower pH conditions. Studies led by Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa of the University of Plymouth, in England, now provide clearer results by showing that the animals’ . . .

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