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Other nasty surprises

reef bleaching aftermath

Reef bleaching aftermath 

  1. Some of the extra carbon dioxide is being absorbed by the sea. This reduces the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and slows down climate change. But there is a catch. Carbon dioxide in water makes a weak acid. Experiments have shown that when the seawater becomes more acidic, the coral reef structure starts to loose some of its strength. In a more acidic sea, will coral reefs start falling apart?
  1. The amount of oxygen water holds decreases at higher temperatures. Will this also have an impact on coral reefs?
  2. Without the coral reefs there is no home for the thousands of other organisms that totally depend on this ecosystem.

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