The Effects Of Ocean Acidification On The Earth 's Oceans Essay

1100 Words May 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Are you an extremely pale coral or a dissolving Pteropod? If so, you may be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification, a process that is happening right now in our oceans. Summed up it’s the ongoing decrease of the pH levels in the Earth’s oceans because of the increase of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is causing the ocean to become more acidic over time, which is proving to be detrimental to a lot of marine life. In this paper I will explain what ocean acidification is, why it’s happening, and what it’s affecting. Like I said before ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the ocean’s pH levels caused by the increase in the Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere. So to break all that down, pH is a measure of how acidic something is on a 0 to 14 scale where 7 is neutral, anything below 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is a base or nonacidic. In addition, the oceans pH levels should be at about 8.2 pH units, but within the last 2 centuries the pH level for them has dropped about 25% or.1 pH unit, making todays oceans at around 8.1 pH, in other words todays ocean are already more acidic than they used to be. So now that we broke down pH lets move on to how Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere affects the oceans. Carbon Dioxide goes from the atmosphere to the ocean through a process known as Carbon uptake. During Carbon uptake gases from the ocean is exchanged with Carbon from the atmosphere, which dissolves into the water and forms Carbonic…

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