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Acidic Oceans: Another Global Warming Consequence?

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posted on Feb, 21 2007 @ 02:36 PM
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Scientists have discovered that the oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of them taking in CO2 released by burning fossil fuels. Looks like another unforeseen consequence of global warming.


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA--Drop a tooth in a can of carbonated soda, and it will eventually dissolve. That's because the carbon dioxide that makes the beverage bubbly also makes it acidic. The same thing is happening with the world's oceans as they take up CO2 released by the burning of fossil fuels. A research cruise through the Pacific Ocean has revealed just how much more acidic the ocean has become over the last 15 years, confirming the predictions of computer models.

sciencenow.sciencemag.org...


Makes me think of those sci/fi stories where other planets have oceans of bubbling acid.




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