In laboratory experiments, this pterapod shell dissolved over the course of 45 days in seawater adjusted to an ocean chemistry projected for the year 2100. Image from NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory (EVL).

For those that haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new paper out covering the causes and consequences of coastal/ocean acidification in the Southeast. It was put together by members of the Southeast Coastal and Ocean Acidification Network (SOCAN). It talks about processes for inshore and offshore waters, vulnerable organisms, socioeconomic impacts, and the role of SOCAN. It’s a nice primer on a growing threat to our coasts and oceans.

Read the paper