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Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs - Earth Times

Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs - Earth Times

As the seas become more acidic through global warming and increased carbon dioxide levels, there's a real possibility that coral reefs and the sea life that relies coral reef habitat could become extinct by the end of the century. That's the findings of a new study from the University of Miami . The researchers were able to measure the effects of higher acidity levels by looking at damage caused by gases and minerals seeping directly into the ocean from volcanic fissures in the seabed. What they found was if ocean acidification continues to increase through increased CO2 levels, the result could be catastrophic for the ecosystems that rely on the planet's coral reefs. The researchers examined three volcanic seeps in New Papua Guinea. From their investigations, they were able to get a snapshot of how our coral reefs might look in 100 years. Where CO2 poured into the ocean f...

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