Sea Butterflies Foreshadow Widespread Ocean Acidification

From Earth Magazine:

 

Credit: R. Giesecke

Credit: R. Giesecke

Delicate ocean snails called sea butterflies may be small, but their dissolving shells are cause for great concern. In the first study to document dissolution in liv­ing adult pteropods, scientists found that the microscopic organisms are already show­ing the effects of acidification in the Southern Ocean.

This story appears in the March 2013 issue of Earth Magazine. To request a pdf, please email alex.kasprak@gmail.com. 

 

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