Pteropods and coccolithophores

“There’s a whole category of organism

that have been around for hundreds of millions of years

which are at risk of extinction

namely, things that build calcium carbonate shells or skeletons.”

“Normally, their shells are transparent.

They look like little gems, little jewels. They’re just beautiful.

But I could see that, along the edges

they were becoming opaque, chalky.”

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© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Video: Ernie Kovacs
Source: Ken Caldeira, Victory Fabry, The New Yorker

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