Friday, October 2, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions


What is ocean acidification? Ocean acidification is an excess of carbon dioxide in the water.

How does the carbon dioxide get there? Mainly by the combustion of fossils fuels and deforestation.

What will happen if nothing is done to stop ocean acidification? No one knows for sure, but the prediction is that the ocean will be so acidic that fish, coral reefs and other marine animals will disappear forever.

Why should I care? Because this, my friend, is our future. Unless we do something about it, our oceans will never be the same.

Surely it can be easily reversed? Nope. Ocean acidification is practically irreversible.

What can we do? We can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and stop the spread of deforestation; by limiting our use of fossil fuels, like burning coal for electricity and using gasoline in our cars, and reducing deforestation by using recycled paper products and recycling paper when we're done with it.

5 comments:

  1. First comment! 8D I'm so cool...
    Man, your blog looks so nice and neat, you're gonna make mine look stupid. xD

    So, my question to you is:
    When you say that ocean acidification is practically irreversable, you mean that there's no way to get the carbon dioxide out of the water, yes? So WHY can't it be removed from the water? Is it SUPER hard to do it? Or is there just no way?

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  2. Hey Allie :)
    Your blog looks awesome and it was super informative.
    So You said that uh, What will happen if nothing is done to stop ocean acidification? No one knows for sure, but the prediction is that the ocean will be so acidic that fish, coral reefs and other marine animals will disappear forever.
    So would this be like, the water from the ocean would join the water cycle and become precipatation and what not? So not only is ocean acidification going to affect our oceans, it would affect our climate as well!?
    Jess A!

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  3. 'Allo! why must every thing be in such order!
    anyways good presentation and nice layout.
    I like fish...Mmmm...fish...*drool..
    anyways i like the fish pics and it was a very nice presentation.
    :D luv it!

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  4. >3< It's so pretty. You're presentation was so awesome. :D
    So you said that if we don't do something now, underwater life could soon disappear forever. Do you know how soon is soon? And when will it be too late to do anything at all?
    And Justine, keep your hands off the fishies. D:

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  5. Hey!

    April - You can't reverse it because when the H2O and CO2 combine, they form an acid (carbonic acid), and it is hard to separate an acid.

    Jess - If the oceans actually got to the point of being really toxic, I imagine it would affect the water cycle, and could cause things like acid rain and such.

    Justine - thanks! & don`t eat the poor little fishies! :O

    Sherry - If ocean acidificatian isn`t stopped, only 2% of coral reefs will be left by the year 2050. Which is less than 50 years away!

    Thanks everyone for posting! :D

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