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Dolomite-rich coralline algae in reefs resist dissolution in acidified conditions

Nash, Merinda; Opdyke, Bradley; Troitzsch, Ulrike; Russell, B.D.; Adey, W.H.; Kato, A.; Diaz-Pulido, G.; Brent, Camilla; Gardner, Madelene; Prichard, Jennifer; Kline, David


Coral reef ecosystems develop best in high-flow environments but their fragile frameworks are also vulnerable to high wave energy. Wave-resistant algal rims, predominantly made up of the crustose coralline algae (CCA) Porolithon onkodes and P. pachydermum1,2, are therefore critical structural elements for the survival of many shallow coral reefs. Concerns are growing about the susceptibility of CCA to ocean acidification because CCA Mg-calcite skeletons are more susceptible to dissolution under...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Climate Change
DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1760


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