As I learn about the chemical process of ocean acidification I imagine an animated dance. I need to draw to get a sense of the action before I can understand the science. Last night I began drawing a storyboard with a friend who understands the intricacies of the chemistry. I cut circles of coloured paper to represent molecules and ions.
Although the dance of the molecules may appeal to my senses, it may need to appear in the context of some place that many people recognize and care about. I start to learn the story of ocean acidification. C02 in the ocean is in balance with the atmosphere and the ocean; equal numbers of C02 molecules enter the ocean as leave it.
An increase in atmospheric C02 leads to an increase in C02 distributed in the ocean. C02 dissolves in water. That’s it! That’s how the ocean becomes more acidic.