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1. The relationship between global warming and ocean acidification is that they are both caused by human emissions of CO2. 2. As the atmospheric concentration of CO2 rises the ocean waters absorb C02. When CO2 is absorbed by the ocean a chemical reaction occurs and carbonic acid is formed, and hydrogen Ions are produced. This lowers the PH of the ocean, thus causing the ocean to become more acidic. 3. The organisms that are anticipated to be most impacted are those that use calcium carbonate to build their shells and skeletons. These animals include corals, mussels, clams, snails, oysters, phytoplankton and zoo plankton. There is more than one way these marine calcifiers are affected. Their ability to build
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