Corrosive waters are showing up off North America’s west coast decades earlier than expected, according to a new study that warns the oceans‘ changing chemistry could endanger corals, shellfish and other sea life.
Earlier research had shown that deep water in the open ocean was growing more acidic. But authors of the new study, published Thursday in Science, said they were shocked at the conditions they found along the Pacific coasts of Canada, the United States and Mexico during a research cruise last spring.
Some areas reached levels of acidity scientists had predicted wouldn’t occur until 2050.
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