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UH Researcher Discerns Why Corals Struggle in Increasingly Acidic Seas


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Source: The Honolulu Star Advertiser

August 29, 2011

 

"A University of Hawaii researcher has come up with a new explanation for how acidification of the ocean disrupts coral growth.

 

Higher acidity interferes with the transfer of hydrogen ions, or protons, between the seawater and the coral tissue, which ultimately disrupts the coral's ability to create a skeleton, says Paul Jokiel of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

 

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