Acidic oceans pose increased risk of reef loss

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, along with study-lead Southern Cross University in Australia, have found that sands that provide material for the building and maintenance of some coral reef ecosystems face a decline. Calcium carbonate, a key reef building block, may be dissolving faster than it is being produced. The researchers conclude that this dissolution will exacerbate reef loss and in some regions such as Hawaii, it already has.

Provided by Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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