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Volume 14, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 14, 3287–3308, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3287-2017
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Biogeosciences, 14, 3287–3308, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3287-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Jul 2017

Research article | 10 Jul 2017

Size-dependent response of foraminiferal calcification to seawater carbonate chemistry

Michael J. Henehan et al.
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (28 Feb 2017) by Lennart de Nooijer
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ED: Publish as is (19 May 2017) by Lennart de Nooijer
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It is still unclear whether foraminifera (calcifying plankton that play an important role in cycling carbon) will have difficulty in making their shells in more acidic oceans, with different studies often reporting apparently conflicting results. We used live lab cultures, mathematical models, and fossil measurements to test this question, and found low pH does reduce calcification. However, we find this response is likely size-dependent, which may have obscured this response in other studies.
It is still unclear whether foraminifera (calcifying plankton that play an important role in...
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