April 11, 2013

Ocean Babies on Acid – The Time Machine

In this experiment, scientists build a time machine in the lab, to take the Ocean Babies to the ocean of the future.

Ocean Babies on Acid focuses on an experiment that Stephen Palumbi and UC Davis marine biologist Eric Sanford are doing to study the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchin larvae off the California and Oregon coasts. One of their goals is to find out if the increased acidity caused in part by increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere makes it difficult for marine species to grow their shells. The study is unique in that they’re not only studying the external aspects of these creatures but also delving into how ocean acidification may effect the animals on a genetic level.

credit: Ocean Science Now

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