28 Jan '14, 8pm

Ocean acidification is kryptonite to all coral reefs... except one in the Western Pacific

Ocean acidification is kryptonite to all coral reefs... except one in the Western Pacific

Rising carbon emission from the burning of fossil fuels is increasing the acidity of Earth's oceans . That's very bad for coral reefs , because in acidic environments they can't form calcium carbonate, the building block of their exoskeletons. This, in turn, is very bad because coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots that contain a disproportionally high percentage of the oceans' species relative to their size.Well, there's at least one exception to every rule, apparently. Scientists have found a coral reef in the western Pacific that is thriving in acidic water conditions. This reef is doing so well in fact that it had higher biodiversity than neighboring reefs despite having a higher level of acidity! Flickr /CC BY-ND 2.0 The researchers still haven't figured out why these corals are doing so well in these seemingly inhospitable conditions. They think it could be some uniq...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/ocean-acidif...

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