What is the ocean acidification?

OceanAcidificationCarbon dioxide has been emitted into the atmosphere at ever increasing levels since the Industrial Revolution. The ocean absorbs about one-quarter of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activities. The absorption of carbon dioxide by the ocean triggers a series of chemical reactions which produces carbonic acid (see figure below), making the oceans more acidic (lower pH) and a decreasing the concentration of carbonate in the water.

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