Assessing ocean acidification impacts on the reef building properties of crustose coralline algae
Crustose coralline algae (CCA), and in particular Porolithon onkodes, play an important reef-building role in modern tropical coral reefs. CCA form thick crusts of Mg-calcite and grow over corals and loose substrate to bind these together. This binding and cementing process is fundamental to the development of structural reefs that are capable of withstanding the high-energy waves in the shallow to inter-tidal areas of the reef. As anthropogenic CO2 emissions...[Show more]
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