COSEE Ocean Systems: News
NOAA-led researchers discover ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny snails off the U.S. West Coast
Description: A research team has found the first evidence that acidity of continental shelf waters off the West Coast is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming marine snails, called pteropods, which provide food for pink salmon, mackerel and herring, according to a new paper. Researchers estimate that the percentage of pteropods in this region with dissolving shells due to ocean acidification has doubled in the nearshore habitat since the pre-industrial era. [Source: NOAA News]
Availability: Full Text
Source: NOAA News
Publish Date: 4/30/2014
Reading Level: Basic
Page Length: