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Shells Dissolve in Acidifed Ocean Water
Figure 1.5National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
This figure appears in chapter 1 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.
Pteropods, or “sea butterflies,” are eaten by a variety of marine species ranging from tiny krill to salmon to whales. The photos show what happens to a pteropod’s shell in seawater that is too acidic. On the left is a shell from a live pteropod from a region in the Southern Ocean where acidity is not too high. The shell on the right is from a pteropod in a region where the water is more acidic. (Figure source: (left) Bednaršek et al. 2012f5ea3c8e-a727-47a1-981c-4db49a0b6d33 (right) Nina Bednaršek).
When citing this figure, please reference (left) Bednaršek et al. 2012;f5ea3c8e-a727-47a1-981c-4db49a0b6d33 (right) Nina Bednaršek.
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Extensive dissolution of live pteropods in the Southern Ocean
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