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Increased CO2 enhances plankton growth
Description: Coccolithophores-tiny calcifying plants that are part of the foundation of the marine food web-have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance has increased 10 times, or by an order of magnitude, during this sampling period. This finding was diametrically opposed to what scientists had expected since coccolithophores make their plates out of calcium carbonate, which is becoming more difficult as the ocean becomes more acidic and pH is reduced. [Source: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences]
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Source: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Publish Date: 11/27/2015
Reading Level: Basic
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