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Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean

Microscopic coccolithophores like this species, Emiliania huxleyi, among the ocean's most common phytoplankton, appear to be declining in the Southern Ocean, a possible result of a changing climate. 
Credit: Alison Taylor, University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons

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A new study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton -- tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change.

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