Ocean acidification has a great impact on organisms like coral and mollusks who need carbonate ions to form their shells and skeletons. If the ocean becomes too acidic it could harm these organisms. This would have a great affect on other marine life because other organisms rely on coral and mollusks for food. Scientists are still in the process of figuring out the magnitude of the impact of ocean acidification.
According to Donald Potts, an expert on marine ecosystems at the University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the main impacts of acidification is that the organisms that form calcium carbonate shells (e.g. corals, diatoms, others that build skeletons and shells) will be unable to build shells or the shells will dissolve. He projects this will have far-reaching effects on the food chain.
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