An increase of fresh water content directly effects sea surface salinity (salt content), which is a determining factor as to how long it takes for the ocean and the atmosphere to exchange gases (nws.noaa.gov). It is the absorption of extraordinary levels CO2 from the atmosphere that is causing ocean acidification. In an atmosphere free of increased carbon dioxide content, it takes about one year for atmospheric gases to become absorbed into the ocean (noaa.gov); with decreasing levels of salinity due to increased fresh water flow, the process of absorption may speed up.
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