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Can eelgrass in Newport Beach help fight acidity in the ocean?

Researchers are using seagrass from Newport Beach and other locations across the state to see if the salt-water flowering plant can fight ocean acidity, which they say could possibly curb the effects of climate change.

Ocean acidification is a global problem that occurs when seawater takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it difficult for some species — such as shelled organisms — to survive. Eelgrass absorbs the carbon through photosynthesis and removes it from the water, researchers say…

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/08/researchers-are-testing-eelgrass-in-newport-beach-to-see-if-it-fights-acidity-in-the-ocean/

 

GRGC student: Melissa Ward

 

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