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Image : Ocean Acidification: A Risky Shell Game

Articles and Interviews about research that has taken place at ESL past and present.

Among organisms the scientists grew under varied levels of CO2 were commercially important species such as American lobster (Homarus americanus). In a surprising result, the lobster on the right, grown under a very high level of CO2 (2,850 ppm, or 10 times pre-industrial levels) grew a larger, heavier shell than the lobster on the left, grown under today's CO2 level (400 ppm). (Photo courtesy of Justin Ries, University of North Carolina)


Last updated: March 23, 2016