An Ocean of Trouble
Source: The Columbus Dispatch
August 14, 2011
"Every time she enters the elaborate coral lab in New Albany, Andrea Grottoli travels through time and space.
A few steps take her to an ocean in 2050. A few more, and she is in the water in 2100. At either point in time, Grottoli doesn't much like the view. The Ohio State University ocean researcher has set up rows of tanks to observe how coral reefs will fare over time under different conditions.
Coral lives on a calcium carbonate skeleton, which dissolves in acids, said Michael Webster, executive director of the Coral Reef Alliance, a California-based conservation group.
"What happens is, when you (increase the acidity) of the ocean, coral has a hard time building and maintaining that skeleton," he said."
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