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Press Release 10-186
NSF Awards Grants to Study Effects of Ocean Acidification

Projects address concern for acidifying marine ecosystems

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Photo of a deep-sea coral.

Corallium rubrum and other deep-sea corals are affected by ocean acidification.

Credit: Paolo Montagna, LDEO


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Photo of a biogeochemical mooring that monitors ocean acidification.

A biogeochemical mooring monitors ocean acidification in the western Arctic Ocean.

Credit: Rachel Fletcher


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Photo of Antarctic limpet Nacella concinna with coralline red algae.

Antarctic limpet Nacella concinna with coralline red algae--both at risk from ocean acidification.

Credit: Dan Martin


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Photo of Antarctic amphipod Gondogeneia antarctica perched on brown alga Desmarestia menziesii.

Antarctic amphipod Gondogeneia antarctica perched on brown alga Desmarestia menziesii.

Credit: Maggie Amsler, University of Alabama at Birmingham


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Photo showing deployment of an instrument to sample seawater at different depths.

Deploying an instrument to sample seawater at different depths in the Gulf of Alaska.

Credit: Dalin Shi, Princeton University


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Photo showing setup of incubation experiments to study phytoplankton response to acidification.

Setting up incubation experiments to study phytoplankton response to ocean acidification.

Credit: Dalin Shi, Princeton University


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Photo of a coral reef.

In acidifying oceans, the fate of coral reefs is in question.

Credit: Robert Carpenter, Cal State-Northridge


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Photos of a healthy coral reef on left and a coral reef degraded by acid waters on right.

In "A," healthy coral reef grows; in "B," the reef is degraded by acid waters.

Credit: USGS


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Photo of a pteropod.

Pteropods' ability to form shells may be greatly impaired by ocean acidification.

Credit: Russ Hopcroft, UAF/NOAA


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Photo of "sea butterfly" or pteropod shells.

Shells of "sea butterflies," or pteropods; they may not make shells in acidifying oceans.

Credit: Commonwealth of Australia


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Epifluorescence microscope image of bacterioplankton and a flagellate in seawater.

Epifluorescence microscope image of bacterioplankton and a flagellate in seawater.

Credit: Craig Carlson, UCSB


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Photo of ocean acidification study field site at Fort Ross, California, on a foggy day.

Ocean acidification study field site at Fort Ross, California, on a foggy day.

Credit: Lina Ceballos, SFSU


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Photo of a hand holding an adult porcelain crab.

An adult porcelain crab, subject of study in one of NSF's ocean acidification awards.

Credit: Lina Ceballos, SFSU


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Photo of porcelain crabs just before and after hatching.

Porcelain crabs just before and after hatching.

Credit: Jonathon Stillman, SFSU


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