COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Carbon-sequestering ocean plants may cope with climate changes over the long run
Description: A year-long experiment on tiny ocean organisms called coccolithophores suggests that the single-celled algae may still be able to grow their calcified shells even as oceans grow warmer and more acidic in Earth's near future. The study stands in contrast to earlier studies suggesting that coccolithophores would fail to build strong shells in acidic waters. The world's oceans are expected to become more acidic as human activities pump increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. [Source: SF State News (San Francisco State University)]
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Source: SF State News (San Francisco State University)
Publish Date: 8/26/2013
Reading Level: Basic
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