Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

The ecological impacts of the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill quantified

Posted 27 Jun 2012 / 0

Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesDegradation and resilience in Louisiana salt marshes after the BP–Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Kudos to PNAS for making this important paper open access.

There is some depressing data here, as oil-slicked marshes with complete die-off of grasses were quickly eroded. But for those that were not eroded, the resilience once the oil receded was remarkable. It is amazing what we can put ecosystems through.

A Minor Post, Anthropogenic Change, Biodiversity Loss, Bogs & Wetlands, Conservation Biology, Habitat Destruction

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