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Acidifying oceans could hit California mussels, a key species
Description: Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems. California mussels live in beds along the western coast of the United States. More than 300 other species share the beds or depend on the mussels in some way. Because these mussels play such an ecologically critical role, a decline in their numbers could impact a wide range of other organisms. [Source: EurekaAlert!]
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Source: EurekaAlert!
Publish Date: 7/14/2011
Reading Level: Basic
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