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Ocean acidification enhances the bioerosion of a common coral reef sponge: implications for the persistence of the Florida Reef Tract

The increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide in seawater, termed ocean acidification (OA), depresses calcification rates of coral and algae, and may contribute toward reef ecosystem degradation. 219 more words

Science

Acidification effects on biofouling communities: winners and losers

How ocean acidification affects marine life is a major concern for science and society. However, its impacts on encrusting biofouling communities, that are both the initial colonizers of hard substrata and of great economic importance, are almost unknown. 217 more words

Science

Fossil Friday. Soak up some information

Were you able to guess what the image was? It is a common animal almost everyone has at least a synthetic version of in their home. 665 more words

Paleontology

Marine Invertebrates

Ectopleura crocea, the pink-hearted hydroid, alongside Halichondria panicea, the breadcrumb sponge. Both are sessile, colonial animals that grow on rocky areas of the intertidal Atlantic, as well as piers and boat bottoms– or just about anything that stays still long enough. 32 more words