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Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity
December 23, 2013
Seawater samples collected weekly for a year and on a daily and hourly basis for shorter periods from the marine estuary Beaufort Inlet, N.C. were used to track changes in pH and dissolved inorganic carbon. Short-term variability in acidity over one year exceeds 100-year global predictions for the ocean as a whole and may already be exerting added pressure on some of the estuary's organisms, particularly shelled organisms.
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