THE LATEST: Testing Oceanic Acidity

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Copyright David Kline 2010

Yesterday, Popular Science explored the new techniques used on the Great Barrier Reef to track the rising acidity levels that threaten the reef’s livelihood. Marine Biologist David Kline sought to find out exactly how rising acidity will alter how the reef’s function.

The Coral Proto FOCE is the first device that lets scientists manipulate acidity for testing. The Coral Proto is an acidity manipulator; once placed in the reef, a pump squirts acidified seawater into a contained space. Then researchers are able to check for things such as Oxygen to monitor photosynthesis processes.

Researchers plan to make the machine more accessible for deeper waters, so they can monitor other types of ecosystems as well. Stay tuned for the Coral Proto FOCE’s results. 

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