NANFA-- Southern Ocean soaks up carbon dioxide

Shireen Gonzaga (
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 16:50:05 -0800 (PST)

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Southern Ocean soaks up carbon dioxide
Friday, January 28, 2000

By John Roach

Manmade carbon dioxide is being soaked up by the
cold waters of the Southern Ocean and transported to
the deep waters of the subtropical ocean, researchers
report in today's issue of Science.

The thirst-quencher, it turns out, might not be kind
to the marine environment. Manmade carbon dioxide
makes the water more acidic. The acidity is corrosive
to calcium carbonate, an essential ingredient of
shells and coral reefs.

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Shireen Gonzaga
Baltimore, MD
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