The carbon dioxide coral generation

More acidic oceans could mean fewer young corals

By Stephen Ornes, 14:40 PM November 22, 2010




The oceans are changing. You can’t tell by standing on a beach and watching waves roll in. But ocean water is becoming more acidic, experiments now show. This process is called “acidification,” and it may mean bad news for animals. One vulnerable animal: the elkhorn coral, which is found throughout the Caribbean Sea.


Elkhorn coral used to be easy to find in shallow water. Now it’s an endangered species. In the last 30 years, many populations of elkhorn coral have collapsed. Disease outbrea...

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