Ocean Acidity: Trouble for Shellfish

Published: Jan. 11, 2018 at 7:51 AM EST
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In today's Science with Dr. Bob experiment we are talking about ocean acidification and what that means for shellfish.

Last time Dr. Bob was here we talked about greenhouse gas emissions and the abundance of CO2 being added to the atmosphere. That addition also affects ocean habitats.

When CO2 combines with water it creates carbonic acid which acidifies the ocean. Seashells are made of calcium carbonate which requires basic sea water to survive and live. The addition of more acid to the water makes it difficult for shellfish to make shells.

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