COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Seagrass may shield marine life from acidifying oceans
Description: Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are acidifying the world's oceans and threatening the survival of shell-forming organisms like clams, oysters, crabs (pictured), and lobsters. As pH drops, the shells and skeletons of some marine life can literally dissolve away. However, results from a new study suggest that marine ecosystems, such as seagrass meadows, may help shell-forming organisms overcome the effects of future ocean acidification. [Source: Science/AAAS News]
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Source: Science/AAAS News
Publish Date: 9/10/2014
Reading Level: Basic
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