Climate Training Activities: Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification map

As we add more carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, the ocean absorbs about a quarter of it.  This changes the basic chemistry of the ocean, shifting it towards the more acidic end of the pH spectrum.  Ocean acidification makes it more difficult for shelled organisms to make their shells.  This activity takes the complex chemistry of ocean acidification and makes it physical.  It is designed for any age, with pictures and graphs to make the science deeper, richer, and easier to grasp.

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