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So far the effect is subtle, not noticeable to the eye, and can only be detected by intricate chemical tests. But as ocean acidification increases, scientists expect more reefs to dissolve and become flatter, and that fish will leave, Langdon said. Also, increasing acidity eats away at the shells of the shellfish, making them easier prey for other fish and harder for humans to harvest. Acidification occurs when oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from the air, altering seawater chemistry. Scientists expected limestone to dissolve, but not until the second half of this century. It's about 40 years early, Langdon said. "This is another one of those cases where we're finding that we're underestimate the level of damage caused by excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reef watch coordinator Mark Eakin, who wasn't part of the research.
originally posted by: introvert
a reply to: intrptr
From the OP:
Acidification occurs when oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from the air, altering seawater chemistry.
originally posted by: MysterX
a reply to: lostbook
Do me a favour, the huge amounts of Oil and specifically corexit poured into the sea would be all that's required to poison the waters for decades...any damage to the keys can be laid firmly at the feet of those who thought it a good idea to further massively pollute already tragically massively polluted waters.
Climate change my arse.