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Changing Chesapeake Bay Acidity Impacting Oyster Shell Growth


June 10, 2010

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Acidity is increasing in some regions of the Chesapeake Bay even faster than is occurring in the open ocean, where it is now recognized that increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolve in the seawater, thereby making it more acidic. These more acidic conditions in key parts of the Chesapeake Bay reduce rates of juvenile oyster shell formation, according to new research published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts. Full Story

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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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