Journal article

High-Magnesium Calcite Dissolution in Tropical Continental Shelf Sediments Controlled by Ocean Acidification

RR Haese, J Smith, R Weber, J Trafford

Environmental Science & Technology | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2014

Abstract

Increases in atmospheric CO2 cause the oceanic surface water to continuously acidify, which has multiple and profound impacts on coastal and continental shelf environments. Here we present the carbonate mineral composition in surface sediments from a range of continental shelf seabed environments and their current and predicted stability under ocean acidifying conditions. Samples come from the following four tropical Australian regions: (1) Capricorn Reef (southern end of the Great Barrier Reef), (2) the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon, (3) Torres Strait, and (4) the eastern Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. Beyond the near-shore zone, these regions typically have a carbonate content in surface sediments of ..

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