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Ocean Acidification

In addition to the famous impacts of atmospheric carbon on global warming, there is an equally worrisome effect of carbon dioxide on the oceans: ocean acidification (or OA for short). Here at I2SEA we have a series of resources about OA, including Our Acidifying Ocean, which is an introductory activity and virtual lab (note: now mobile compatible!).

A student suggested that we start a conversation topic about OA, and here it is! Have you heard about Ocean Acidification? If so, are you worried about it? How do you think we can best raise awareness about it among your fellow students and the general public? Have you seen particularly good links or films about OA that you would like to share? What are you doing to address the problem?

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Ocean Acidification


Ocean acidification is the rising levels of acidic compounds in the ocean.  Ocean acidification is primarily caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Ocean acidification causes a reduction of carbonate ions, which are most marine animals' primary source of nutrients when developing body parts such as shells. Ocean acidification can affect humans in that it leads to the lack of sea-life development in the water, therefore impacting the fishing and trapping industry.

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