Coral calcification as an indicator for ocean acidification using CoralXDS

Two core samples of the coral species Montastrea faveolata were taken from the Flower Garden Banks, located in the Gulf of Mexico south of the Texas and Louisiana border. The core samples were analyzed using CoralXDS to find the linear extension rates, densities, and calcification rates for each sample that was x-rayed. There were no observable trends within the data and no significant decrease in calcification rates within the previous decade. The calcification rates were much more dependent upon extension rates as opposed to density. From this analysis, we believe that this coral species seems to have been tolerant of recent changes in ocean acidification levels within the Gulf of Mexico.

Kearney R. P., Coral calcification as an indicator for ocean acidification using CoralXDS. Journal of Student Research in Environmental Science at Appalachian 1:24-31. Article.


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