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ERIC Number: EJ1046282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Laboratory Experiment Investigating the Impact of Ocean Acidification on Calcareous Organisms
Perera, Alokya P.; Bopegedera, A. M. R. P.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n11 p1951-1953 Nov 2014
The increase in ocean acidity since preindustrial times may have deleterious consequences for marine organisms, particularly those with calcareous structures. We present a laboratory experiment to investigate this impact with general, introductory, environmental, and nonmajors chemistry students. For simplicity and homogeneity, calcite was substituted for calcareous organisms and placed in buffer solutions of variable acidity. After 30 min, students quantified the percent mass loss of calcite in their buffer. Individual student data was then pooled into a class spreadsheet for further analysis. This experiment could enable a class discussion on ocean acidification supplemented with primary and secondary literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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