Articles | Volume 12, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 12, 4939–4951, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4939-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 4939–4951, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4939-2015
Research article
19 Aug 2015
Research article | 19 Aug 2015

Reconsidering the role of carbonate ion concentration in calcification by marine organisms

L. T. Bach

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Calcification by marine organisms reacts to changing seawater carbonate chemistry, but it is unclear which components of the carbonate system drive the observed response. This study uncovers proportionalities between different carbonate chemistry parameters. These enable us to understand why calcification often correlates well with carbonate ion concentration, and they imply that net CaCO3 formation in high latitudes is not more vulnerable to ocean acidification than formation in low latitudes.
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