Coral reef growing in acidic water has scientists scratching their heads

01/26/2014 |

A coral reef in the western Pacific Ocean near Palau is thriving under increasing acidic conditions, baffling scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Coral reefs typically create calcium carbonate from seawater, but carbonate levels fall as water becomes more acidic, threatening the corals' existence. However the reef near Palau is thriving despite the acidity, according to the study in Geophysical Research Letters, and researchers have yet to figure out why.

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