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Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification. If you haven't heard of it before, get to know it now. It’s more proof that we humans have really screwed up when it comes to taking care of the ecosystem.


Since we started using machinery that needs fuel to run, the pH of the world's oceans has dropped, meaning the water is becoming acidic (too much carbon dioxide). This has horrible effects on marine creatures that make shells or use shells, eat other creatures that make or live in shells, and the animals that eat the fish that eat the creatures that make or live in shells. Hello – that’s us humans.


Scientists have started studying sea life around carbon dioxide vents in the Mediterranean Sea to get an idea of how high levels of carbon may affect marine organisms living in the more acidic waters. The findings are scary: coral was absent and species of algae that use calcium carbonate were displaced in favour of species that do not use it. Snails were seen with their shells dissolving.


How does acidification occur? Carbon dioxide (CO2) becomes dissolved into water (H2O) and binds with it to make carbonic acid (H2CO3). In other words, 2 hydrogen atoms plus one carbon atom plus three oxygen atoms equal carbonic acid.


If you ever used Coca Cola to clean a penny you’ve seen carbonic acid at work. It will eat through that penny if it’s given enough time. That same carbonic acid will also eat through a snail shell or a coral colony.


Video: Ecological Effects Of Ocean Acidification


Watch & Learn

On August 12, 2009, tune in to Discover Planet Green at 10 p.m. EST/PST for a very important premiere of a new show called Acid Test. The documentary – presented by the National resources Defense Council – is all about ocean acidification.


The film is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and, if you miss it this evening, it will be airing on Discover Green Planet throughout August.


In honor of Blue August, Discovery Green Planet will be featuring online content and TV programming about the study of our Earth’s oceans and their hidden mysteries.


Watch The Trailer


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PerksBeingABookworm
photo:6446529  [ photo:6446529] (I tried both, one without brackets and one with as an experiment) The bracket won't go without a space though Doesn't seem to be working but I hoped this helped? Ha ha 
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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Random:
Sure thing. EDIT: Erm, I don't know if that's what that's supposed to be, lol. 
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PerksBeingABookworm
"Tennis123" wrote: "PerksBeingABookworm" wrote: Yeah. It’s not really something I’d ever partake in but I’m not going to denigrate people for doing it either. Unless you’re drawing out the animal’s death, wasting the potential resources it offers, or it’s an endangered species. Like with white tail deer, they’re already over populated, culling the population a little would help the ecosystem more than it would harm it. Just have respect for the life of the animal. Why isn’t the killing of the animal the issue for you? You say “have respect for the life of the animal” but you can’t do that while simultaneously killing said animal. If someone thinks it’s ok to kill the animal, they must have a difference between the animal and a human that justifies the killing. And if the difference was applied to a human, they must also accept killing them, otherwise it’s a contradiction. With all due respect, I believe it is possible. When I say "have respect for the life of the animal," I mean you should respect the fact that you are potentially taking a life, and that action should be justified. The killing of an animal isn't an issue for me if it is justified and absolutely necessary.  And yes, there is a difference between animals and humans. While we too are animals, we are significantly more developed intellectually and biologically in comparison to the majority of other species. This is a fact, and it's why many of us are so comfortable with killing wild animals-we feel disconnected to them except in certain cases, such as species like dolphins, apes, horses, and dogs. Does that mean we should value the lives of animals any less? No. But while animals are by nature more primal, that doesn't negate the fact that if they have proven to be a legitimate threat to the ecosystem and/or society, there shouldn't be an issue with killing them (ex. rabid animals beyond help). This isn't solely limited to animals either, you can see it in our own human society in many ways. For instance, our society executes people who have committed atrocities of the highest level, but we still value human life. 
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Pokmon
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Hi! If you're reading this, could you please type in: photo:6446529 but add [ to the beginning and ] to the end (no spaces)? Thank you! This is an image embed test, if you're curious (seeing if anyone can use images that I upload around the forums) not sure where this went, so I put it in general :P
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Its so cool that there are other new people here too! Id love to be friends!
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