What Is Ocean Acidification?

This static image from NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Carbon Program offers a visually compelling and scientifically sound image of the sea water carbonate chemistry process that leads to ocean acidification and impedes calcification.

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NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Carbon Group

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Most relevant in a life science or chemistry class focusing on an often overlooked and enormously important impact of burning fossil fuels.

Might best be used as context for a series of basic chemistry experiments understanding buffering, acidity, dissolution, and carbonate reactions.