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#Ocean #acidification: Some Winners, Many Losers

#Ocean #acidification: Some Winners, Many Losers

Ocean acidification: Some Winners, Many Losers Posted on 10 June 2011 by Rob Painting Numerous lab experiments have shown that ocean acidification is harmful to marine life. Creatures that build chalk-like shells (or skeletons) fare poorly under conditions which mimic the low ocean pH levels expected later this century. This isn't a universal response however; some starfish, brittle stars and sea urchins , seem relatively unaffected by ocean acidification, so it's likely there will be winners and losers as the world's oceans become less alkaline. Nature's own laboratory Despite their usefulness, lab experiments are no substitute for the natural environment, and experiments tend to be of short duration too, so the long-term effects of elevated CO2 on marine communities is largely unknown. Luckily there are a couple of locations in the world which mimic ocean acidification. ...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=783

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