Ocean acidification may be good for thriving marine snails
New Scientist - 02/06/2017
The researchers took advantage of a natural gradient in ocean acidity near carbon-dioxide vents in shallow waters off New Zealand.
This gave them an insight into what an acidified world might mean for some marine ecosystems, says team member Brian Helmuth of Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Massachusetts.
“We found that the total plant mass of algal mats at vent sites was more than twice that at control sites, and that correspondingly there were almost 2.5 times more snails at the vent sites,” says Helmuth.