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Posted Tue Feb 19 2008: from The Australian:
Snail loss catastrophic for food chain
"GLOBAL warming is threatening the future of a tiny marine snail which, if lost, could trigger a catastrophic collapse of Antarctica's food chain, experts say. Pteropods have been dubbed the "potato chip" of the oceans because they provide food for so many different species. But the lentil-sized snails - eaten by fish and other lower life forms, which are in turn eaten by species higher up the food chain - are highly sensitive to temperature and acidity, both of which are affected by climate change. Carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere is expected to make the oceans more acidic. This could have dire consequences for pteropods, impairing their ability to make shells."
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The ApocaDocs say:
They call these snails the "potato chips" of the oceans -- bet they're delicious with that tasty chicken of the sea dish.

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