We Must Quit Or Limit Air Pollution Essay
If pollution were limited and no actions were taken to neutralize ocean acidification the ocean would be able to neutralize itself over a long time period. The ocean would do this by “upwelling” carbonate ions from sediment layers. In turn, the carbonate ions would reduce the concentration of protons in the water by producing more bicarbonate, making the solution less acidic. Unfortunately, intense ocean acidification over a relatively short time period has overstimulated the carbonate ions and will require time for protons to be readily absorbed. This process will also take a long time because the acidic water is close to the surface while the sediment layers (the source of carbonate ions) are at the bottom of the ocean.
Nature’s Natural Defenses
Nature has developed a defense mechanism against the formation of too many similar ions within a solution. The mechanism is known as the…