COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Study finds that ocean acidification is accelerated in nutrient-rich areas
Description: Carbon dioxide released from decaying algal blooms, combined with ongoing increases in atmospheric carbon emissions, leads to increased levels of ocean acidification according to a new study. The research points to the process of eutrophication - the production of excess algae from increased nutrients, such as, nitrogen and phosphorus -- as a large, often overlooked source of CO2 in coastal waters. When combined with increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, the release of CO2 from decaying organic matter is accelerating the acidification of coastal seawater. [Source: NOAA News]
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Source: NOAA News
Publish Date: 9/24/2012
Reading Level: Basic
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