Our oceans are becoming warmer and more acidic. How might these changing conditions put marine food webs in danger?
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Climate change: changes in the Earth’s weather that scientists predict will happen over many years.
Industrial Revolution: a time of development from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s that led to increased use of machines, factories, and energy, and that resulted in increased pollution….more
Ocean acidification: a reaction that occurs when there is more carbon dioxide present in ocean waters than normal due to an increase in carbon dioxide in the air. Carbon dioxide can split into smaller ions, releasing hydrogen ions into the water. This causes the water to become acidic….more
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- Article: Countdown to Disaster in Marine Food Webs?
- Author(s): Tin Hang (Henry) Hung
- Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
- Site name: ASU – Ask A Biologist
- Date published: January 4, 2019
- Date accessed: September 24, 2021
- Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/plosable/marine-food-web-collapse
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