Scientists are baffledRising carbon emission from the burning of fossil fuels is increasing the acidity of Earth's oceans. That's very bad for coral reefs, because in acidic environments they can't form calcium carbonate, the building block of their exoskeletons. This, in turn, is very bad because coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots that contain a disproportionally high percentage of the oceans' species relative to their size.
Well, there's at least one exception to every rule, apparently. Scientists have found a coral reef in the western Pacific that is thriving in acidic water conditions. This reef is doing so well in fact that it had higher biodiversity than neighboring reefs despite having a higher level of acidity!climate change and save ocean species that depend on a certain PH level to live.
But still, studying this special coral reef could help us better understand how ocean acidification affects corals and what we can do to help them.
As you can see above, there's a huge difference between a healthy reef and one that has been ravaged by ocean acidification.