Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification

This animation shows computer model simulations of the ocean's carbonate chemistry from January 1895 through July 2094. Dark gray dots show cold-water coral reefs. Medium gray dots show warm-water coral reefs. Ocean acidification describes the process of ocean water becoming corrosive and harmful to corals.

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bleaching, carbonate, change, chemistry, climate, carbon dioxide, CO2, corals, ocean, reefs, zooxanthallae