Self-regulating Coral Protect Themselves Against Ocean Acidification
(Click to enlarge) Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. (Credit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
A new study carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland has found that the Porites cylindrica variety of coral have an in-built mechanism that protects them in environments where there is a high fluctuation in ocean pH.
(From Phys.org)— The researchers discovered that Porites cylindrica in the Heron Island Lagoon and the Great Barrier Reef have a reservoir of calcifying fluid which maintains a constant pH level, regardless of the pH level in the surrounding waters. Read the full story »