Ocean Acidification Melting the Damn Floor of the Sea!


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 October 2018

OCEANS, ICE, FISH, WATER, CLIMATE & PEOPLE

Ocean Acidification Melting the Damn Seafloor

Alterations to seabed raise fears for future,
McGill University, October 29, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Ocean Acidification
“The ocean floor as we know it is dissolving rapidly as a result of human activity.”

“Normally the deep sea bottom is a chalky white. It's composed, to a large extent, of the mineral calcite (CaCO3) formed from the skeletons and shells of many planktonic organisms and corals.”

“The dissolution of calcite neutralizes the acidity of the CO2, and in the process prevents seawater from becoming too acidic.”

“As a result of human activities the level of CO2 in the water is so high, and the water is so acidic, that the calcite is simply being dissolved.”

“...in certain hotspots such as the Northern Atlantic and the southern Oceans, the ocean's chalky bed is becoming more of a murky brown.”

Future
“...is only a foretaste of the way that the ocean floor will most likely be affected in future.”

"The rate at which CO2 is currently being emitted into the atmosphere is exceptionally high in Earth's history, faster than at any period since at least the extinction of the dinosaurs. And at a much faster rate than the natural mechanisms in the ocean can deal with, so it raises worries about the levels of ocean acidification in future."

 

 

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