Alaskan Waters Have Increased Levels of Acid

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Frederick Sound, Alaska

A study by Jeremy Mathis, a chemical oceanographer at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, suggests that colder Alaskan waters are absorbing greenhouse gases faster than tropical waters, turning those colder water more acidic.   Oceans absorb carbon dioxide, approximately 22 million tons per day.  When that carbon dioxide is dissolved in the ocean, it forms carbonic acid.  According to studies, increased levels of acid have been known to increase stress hormones and slow metabolisms in certain species of ocean life.   For more information on this study & its impact on Alaska, see RedOrbit.

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