As oceans warm, the World’s kelp forests begin to disappear


Gazing upward in a giant kelp forest. California, Channel Islands. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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Kelp forests — luxuriant coastal ecosystems that are home to a wide variety of marine biodiversity — are being wiped out from Tasmania to California, replaced by sea urchin barrens that are nearly devoid of life…

Read Full Article, Yale E360 (11-20-2017)

Finding Floating Forests; NASA Earth Observatory (01-16-2015)

Environmental controls of giant kelp in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, By KC Cavanaugh, DA Siegel, DC Reed, PE Dennison, University of California, Santa Barbara (05-18-2011)
Forests of giant kelp are located in temperate coastal regions throughout the world. They are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, and giant kelp itself provides food and habitat for numerous ecologically and economically important near-shore marine species…

Seaweed Might Have The Power To Make The Oceans Less Acidic; Huffington Green (04-28-2015)
The thick, slimy brown ribbons are notorious for tangling the ankles of beachgoers and rotting in pungent piles. But kelp, according to its growing fan base, could also prove potent in protecting the health of oceans, and us…

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