What relevance do pH levels have to the environment?



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    Having a balanced pH level is important for many things.  Good soil pH is required to grow certain types of plants.  Your body has a desired pH level which car vary depending on if you are talking about blood, stomach or intercellular pH.  One well studied pH level is that of the ocean.  The pH of the ocean is tied to the amount of CO2 that is dissolved in it.  As the CO2 level in the ocean rises, as is happening now due to increased CO2 levels in the air, the ocean becomes more acidic.  This increasing acidity of the ocean leads to death of coral, which provide a habitat or food for many other species, and can cause a ripple effect up through the food web.

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