Ocean Acidification And The Effects Of Global Warming

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Many can probably guess that lethal coal mines, the offshore drilling explosions and the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill as being a principal culprit of ocean acidification but have you ever thought that global warming actually has a much larger role in ocean acidification than we think? That is why we need to be educated on what ocean acidification is, what are the effects of ocean acidification, who are the ones being mostly affected, and how can we resolve this issue. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), ocean acidification is defined as, “a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere”. Carbon dioxide that has …show more content…
That is why humans have the responsibility to eliminate the effects ocean acidification has on the ocean. Specifically, to brittle stars and larval urchins by following basic environmental solutions and enforcing regulated state policies. In order for that to take action, the research question must be asked and answered. The research question will answer what are the effects of ocean acidification on humans, brittle stars and larval urchins and what steps can humans take to reduce the growth of global warming, decreasing pH levels and increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that results in ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification is one of the biggest and increasing problems that threaten both human and marine life. In order to introduce ocean acidification, it is important to relate it with another remotely similar issue. Atmospheric acids are one of the problems that stem from
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There are three main ocean acidification events to back up this statement. The first one is the aptian oceanic anoxic event. The aptian oceanic anoxic event will continue to have effects on calcification that would last over millions of years. Scientists think this because calcified taxa peaked during the minimum nannoconid abundance. The second event involving ocean acidification stated that the end-permian and cretaceous-tertiary boundary are believed to have invoked carbon dioxide in the ocean-atmosphere system which is one of the largest eruptions of flood basalts ever recorded (Zeebe et al., 2012). The last event that will be mentioned is the paleocene-eocene thermal maximum event better known as PETM. PETM is believed to have caused ocean acidification, according to Zeebe et al., the carbon release led to ocean acidification and widespread dissolution of deep sea

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