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Scientists recently traveled from Tahiti to Alaska, testing the waters of the Pacific Ocean and finding a considerable rise in the ocean's acidity.
The Pacific has grown more acidic over the past 15 years largely because of the water's intake of carbon dioxide released by humans burning fossil fuels, the researchers said. The study found a decrease of about 0.025 units in pH, which indicates the rise in acidity.
The findings are consistent with previous studies done in other oceans.
The seas serve as the biggest reservoirs for carbon dioxide belched by burning oil, gas and coal. They absorb about a third of the carbon dioxide humans put into the atmosphere each year.
Scientists say the oceans will absorb about 90 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans during the next millennium.
Originally posted by engenerQ
its amazing how you can put two unrelated facts together and make a clame. Ok the data is for SURFACE WATER ONLY.
Ocean acidification is a predictable consequence of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from human activities.