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Oceans’ “sound systems” may improve due to increased acidity

19 Oct

By the year 2100, whale vocals, which occur in a low-frequency sound range less than 200 hertz, could travel twice as far.

By the year 2100, scuba divers may have the luxury of hearing in the water with the same clarity as land — if the oceans are still in shape for recreation.

Research shows that increased ocean acidity, which is caused by excess CO2 in the atmosphere combining with water to create carbonic acid, may change the acoustical properties of the water. Continue reading