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Ocean acidification (OA) occurs when oceans absorb excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making the pH of seawater lower, or more acidic. This chemistry change can make it more difficult for marine life to form and maintain calcium-rich structures like the skeletons of corals or the shells of many commercially important shellfish. (Video by NOAA’s National Ocean Service)

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New Gulf of Mexico Initiative Seeks to Address Ocean Acidification Across International Borders

Scientists from the U.S., Mexico and Cuba are working together to exchange information and begin development of a new tri-national initiative designed to address the socioeconomic impacts of ocean acidification (OA) in the Gulf of Mexico based on common needs across nations.

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