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Trouble in Paradise: Ocean Acidification This Way Comes

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Aerial view of ocean near Mo'orea.

Something wicked this way comes: Ocean acidification arrives in paradises like Mo'orea.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER Site


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Marine scientist Peter Edmunds talks about the worldwide importance of coral reefs, and how ocean acidification threatens these fragile ecosystems.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER site

 

Image of a coral reef that rings the island of Mo'orea.

Beautiful coral reefs that ring the island of Mo'orea are affected by acidifying ocean waters.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER Site


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Image of a marine scientist in scuba gear underwater at Mo'orea's coral reef.

Marine scientists study how Mo'orea's corals and other species respond to more acidic seas.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER Site


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Image of a clownfish above an anemone.

Mo'orea's corals form the backbone of a reef ecosystem that supports many other creatures.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER Site


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Image of two researchers in scuba gear obtaining information about Mo'orea's coral reefs.

Underwater office: Researchers obtain information on Mo'orea's coral reefs.

Credit: NSF Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER Site


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