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The damage wrought by acidic oceans hurts more than marine life and lasts longer than you think

The damage wrought by acidic oceans hurts more than marine life and lasts longer than you think

A milky white cloud blooms in the Barents Sea, so vast it can be seen from space.

It’s not the result of some toxic chemical spill or the sinking of a dairy-filled tanker — it’s the handiwork of millions of microscopic algae, doing what their kind have done for millions of years.

The algae, Emiliania huxleyi, somewhat mysteriously produce ultra-thin scales made of chalk that surround their single-celled bodies.

While it’s not exactly clear how the scales benefit the algae, scientists say they provide an important benefit to the rest of the...

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