13 Dec '11, 4pm

Reading - Ocean acidification: Corrosive waters arrive in the Bering Sea (@skepticscience)

Reading - Ocean acidification: Corrosive waters arrive in the Bering Sea (@skepticscience)

The eastern Bering Sea is a vast shallow coastal region off Alaska which is covered by sea ice in the cooler months . Mathis (2011b) carried out analysis of seawater samples collected along two transect lines (paths) from ship-based surveys over spring, summer, and fall in the eastern Bering Sea in 2009. They also collected and analysed cores from sea ice in the area. What they found was that subsurface waters over much of the continental shelf (i.e shallow seas) were seasonally corrosive to aragonite shells, up to 40 metres from the ocean surface. This acidification was worse than previous years, and was due to a combination of factors both natural and man-made.

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1150

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