Daily Archives: June 17, 2015


Ocean Acidification and its effect on marine ecosystem

What is ocean acidification? Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from humankind’s industrial and agricultural activities has increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The oceans currently absorb about a third of human-created CO2 emissions, roughly 22 million tons a day.When carbon dioxide dissolves in this ocean, carbonic acid is formed. CO2 reacts with water molecules (H2O) and forms the weak acid H2CO3 (carbonic acid). Most of this acid dissociates into hydrogen ions (H+) and bicarbonate ions… Continue Reading »