BP Oil spill effects

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  • The BP Oil Spill: Environmental Effects
    • When: 20th April, 2010
    • Why? Ruptured oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexio
    • What? 4.9 million barrels in the Gulf of Mexico
    • Over 40 days, 491,227, 27 mammals were found dead along the US Gulf Coast
    • Oil coated birds (affected buyancay and regulation of temperature), mammal oil ingestion (ulcers and imternal bleeding, dead corals 7 miles from spill
    • Oil toxicity killed eggs and larval organisms= changes to ecosystem food chain
    • 1100 miles of coastal wetland contamination= poor water quality
    • Closure of Gulf of Mexico site=new ones in the Artic


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