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Posted by Science Explored on April 09, 2013

You may have heard of acid rain, but what about ocean acidification?  Marine biologists, chemical engineers, and oceanographers all have something to say about the effects of carbon dioxide emissions on our oceans.  Since the Industrial Revolution, humanity has created vast amounts of carbon dioxide as a byproduct, or secondary (sometimes unintentional) product, of making various chemicals such as plastics, driving our cars, and burning coal to make electricity.  Carbon dioxide is not harmful in low quantities; in fact, plants rely on carbon dioxide during photosynthesis to make gluccose and oxygen for us as a byproduct.  Nonetheless, CO2 emissions have been steadily on the rise as world populations grow.  One of the main places much of the carbon dioxide gets deposited is in Earth’s oceans because it reacts with seawater.  As CO2 levels accumulate in the ocean, the effects are starting to be noticed by fishermen and seafood lovers across the country.

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Topics: oceans, pH, carbon dioxide

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