"Cements that bind individual coral skeletons and larger coral reefstructures are predominantly absent in waters with naturally highlevels of carbon dioxide (CO2), making these reefs highly susceptible to a wearing down of their physical framework, say scientists with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla. and other institutions.
The study, released in the July 28 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,found that the coral reefs of the eastern tropical Pacific provide areal-world example of the challenges all coral reefs will face underhigh-CO2 conditions resulting in ocean acidification.
Thisis the first attempt to characterize the impacts of ocean acidificationon coral reef ecosystems by examining naturally occurring, high-CO2 reef environments. . . ."
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