Articles | Volume 14, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5253-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5253-2017
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24 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 24 Nov 2017

Coral calcifying fluid aragonite saturation states derived from Raman spectroscopy

Thomas M. DeCarlo, Juan P. D'Olivo, Taryn Foster, Michael Holcomb, Thomas Becker, and Malcolm T. McCulloch

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We present a new technique to quantify the chemical conditions under which corals build their skeletons by analysing them with lasers at a very fine resolution, down to 1/100th the width of a human hair. Our first applications to laboratory-cultured and wild corals demonstrates the complex interplay among seawater conditions (temperature and acidity), calcifying fluid chemistry, and bulk skeleton accretion, which will define the sensitivity of coral calcification to 21st century climate change.
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