Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Ocean acidification causes changes in mussel shells

Ocean acidification causes changes in mussel shells

A team of scientists led by Florida State University have discovered that the shells of California mussels (Mytilus californianus) are being altered at its most basic structural level. For centuries, the shells have a relatively uniform mineralogical make-up: long, cylindrical calcite crystals arranged in neat vertical rows with crisp, geometric regularity. This, however, appears to be no longer the case for shell specimens collected within the last 15 years.

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