Did you know that ocean acidification is emerging as an urgent environmental and economic issue on our nation's east and west coasts and in many areas of the world? Living on the Georgia coast... this had a direct impact on the health of our ocean waters.
So what exactly is Ocean acidification you may ask? It is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans... caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
An estimated 30–40% of the carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into oceans... rivers and lakes. To achieve chemical equilibrium... some of it reacts with the water to form carbonic acid.
Some of these extra carbonic acid molecules react with a water molecule to give a bicarbonate ion and a hydronium ion... thus increasing ocean "acidity".
If you are interested in learning more about ocean acidification... tune in at 3pm today for the kickoff of a communication webinar series! Details and registration can be found here.....
For additional information... check out this web page...
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