How Carbon Dioxide Affect The Levels Of The Ocean

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How does Carbon Dioxide affect the pH levels of the ocean? Carbon Dioxide or CO2 for short is one of the most important gases in our atmosphere. Even though it is not abundant as Nitrogen and Oxygen which is a key part of life on earth; carbon dioxide also shares the same job as them. Carbon dioxide is vital to life on earth and plays an important role to plants during photosynthesis. Without photosynthesis plants couldn’t make oxygen and without oxygen humans wouldn’t be able to survive. CO2 also is important to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is an important greenhouse gas that helps to trap heat in our atmosphere. Without it, our planet would be inhospitably cold. Carbon Dioxide might be important to us, but it can also be very deadly if there is too much In the atmosphere and in the ocean.

Over the years Carbon Dioxide has been significantly increasing from human activity. CO2 has a concentration of about 400 ppmv (parts per million volume). Its concentration in the atmosphere was about 280 ppmv before the Industrial Revolution, now it has increased immensely to about 380 ppmv in 2006. Many have said Carbon Dioxide has been the main reason or cause of global warming; saying that if we produce too much of this greenhouse gas it can create a global climate change. Even though carbon dioxide affects the temperature of the atmosphere it also affects the acidity of water specifically in the ocean.

As Carbon Dioxide is transferred into the ocean it forms…
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