Biogeosciences, 12, 6869-6880, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6869-2015
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Research article
01 Dec 2015
pH up-regulation as a potential mechanism for the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa to sustain growth in aragonite undersaturated conditions
M. Wall et al.
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We investigated the ability of cold-water corals to deal with changes in ocean pH. We uniquely combined morphological assessment with boron isotope analysis to determine if changes in growth are related to changes in control of calcification pH. We found that the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa can maintain the skeletal morphology, growth patterns as well as internal calcification pH. This has important implications for their future occurrence and explains their cosmopolitan distribution.
We investigated the ability of cold-water corals to deal with changes in ocean pH. We uniquely...
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