Ocean Acidification Awareness

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Ocean acidification is defined as "the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere." By burning fossil fuels, we are putting to much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and the ocean absorbs a lot of that. With that process, the carbonate which any marine animal uses to make its shell turns into carbonic acid. That acid is unusable, so the shells won't be made or may even dissolve, leading to an increase of deaths in marine animals. The amount of coral reefs also decreases as the pH level of the ocean goes down. This is a worldwide issue, however by living so close to the bay with oysters and clams being harmed along with many other animals, it makes it harder here.



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