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Coral reef calcifiers buffer their response to ocean acidification using both bicarbonate and carbonate
Description: Central to evaluating the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on coral reefs is understanding how calcification is affected by the dissolution of CO2 in sea water, which causes declines in carbonate ion concentration [CO32−] and increases in bicarbonate ion concentration [HCO3−]. To address this topic, scientists manipulated [CO32−] and [HCO3−] to test the effects on calcification of the coral Porites rus and the alga Hydrolithon onkodes, measured from the start to the end of a 15-day incubation, as well as in the day and night. [Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences]
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Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Publish Date: 2/22/2013
Reading Level: Expert
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