Oiled Grasses and Oysters

Oiled Grasses and Oysters

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Credit: Julie Dermansky/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Oysters (Crassostrea sp.) covered in oil in the wetlands on the shores of Barataria Bay contaminated by BP oil well that spill millions of gallons into the Gulf Of Mexico. During a low-tide with Northern winds, the damage to the marshlands was exposed. The death of the marsh grass in Louisiana's wetlands will lead to increased coastal erosion, an environmental issue facing the state before the BP oil disaster.

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Keywords: aquatic vegetation, barataria bay, bp oil spill region, british petroleum, coastal buffer zone, coastal marsh, crassostrea, crude oil, deepwater horizon spill, environmental degradation, environmental issue, environmental protection, fishery destruction, gulf coast, gulf of mexico, habitat destruction, la, louisiana usa, marsh, marsh grasses, marsh reeds, marshlands, oil, oil pollution, oil spill, oiled coastline, oily coating, oyster, toxic spill, toxic waste, water pollution, wetland habitat, wetlands

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