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Coral Reef Expanding In Acidic Waters

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The growing acidity of the world’s oceans is a worrying threat to coral reefs, but researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) were recently surprised to find a healthy, expansive coral reef ecosystem in the western Pacific islands of Palau thriving in acidity levels that laboratory studies have shown to slow or even stunt growth in other corals.

The researchers do not know how or why these corals survive so well in these seemingly sour conditions, but think that some unique combination of chemical and biological factors overrides the negative influence of the acidity.

While the findings are compelling, they don’t necessarily spark hope for other corals around the world that appear to be suffering from human-induced ocean acidification — the process by which carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions dissolves in seawater and forms carbonic acid.

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