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Antarctic Marine Wildlife Is Under Threat From Ocean Acidification, Study Finds 180

Posted by samzenpus
from the water-to-vinegar dept.
A study has found that a decreased pH level in the antarctic is damaging the shells of native wildlife. "Marine snails in seas around Antarctica are being affected by ocean acidification, scientists have found. An international team of researchers found that the snails' shells are being corroded. Experts says the findings are significant for predicting the future impact of ocean acidification on marine life. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature Geoscience (abstract). The marine snails, called "pteropods", are an important link in the oceanic food chain as well as a good indicator of ecosystem health. 'They are a major grazer of phytoplankton and... a key prey item of a number of higher predators - larger plankton, fish, seabirds, whales,' said Dr Geraint Tarling, Head of Ocean Ecosystems at the British Antarctic Survey and co-author of the report."
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Antarctic Marine Wildlife Is Under Threat From Ocean Acidification, Study Finds

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  • by lucm (889690) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @06:01PM (#42089321)

    The lower the pH gets, the better chlorine will work. Being closer than ever to pool-quality water in the ocean, the Antarctic people should spin this and enjoy a boom in tourism! I bet they can't wait to see more people that those bearded scientists who don't spend a dime on penguin art.

  • by mrbluze (1034940) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @06:14PM (#42089391) Journal

    The BBC has had bias issues as far as politics is concerned, but I haven't heard any bias from them against science. That is unless you consider ocean acidification an indicator of global warming which certain fringe (stupid) groups consider to be politics.

    The big question to ask is cui bono? I think this is all a preconceived British plot to wipe out the French by depriving them of all their snails.

  • by Genda (560240) <marietNO@SPAMgot.net> on Sunday November 25, 2012 @08:27PM (#42089929) Journal

    Yeah those goofy scientists... what will they say next. New York being stomped flat by a super storm? The hottest years in history all being in the last decade? The upper atmosphere colder than any time on record. The oceans turning into a carbonated beverage! What do they know? Let's use up all the coal and oil and gas. What could possible go wrong?

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