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Oyster larvae catastrophe : what caused the oyster larvae die off, and what can we do? Public Deposited

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  • Overview: Ocean acidification is negatively affecting marine organisms that make their shells of calcium carbonate, such as oysters, clams, and pteropods. To investigate the phenomenon of an observed oyster larvae die off, students explore the cause, impacts, and potential solutions for ocean acidification.
  • Learning Goals: Students will learn the following: • Ocean acidification is the decrease in ocean pH that results from human activities that release excess CO2 into the atmosphere. The CO2 in the atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean and changes ocean chemistry. • The change in ocean pH makes it difficult for marine organisms like oysters to build their shells. • Humans can address the problem of ocean acidification by reducing the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.
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  • The 2019-20 ORSEA materials are based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726.



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