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Gulf Oil Spill Effects On Wildlife | Kentucky News, Zip Code, Banks

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Science & Reason on Facebook: What are and will be the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the wildlife in the area? — Please subscribe to Science & Reason: • • • • — Scientists to study impact of gulf oil spill on marine food webs Shells from oysters, clams, and periwinkles hold clues about the ways and rates at which harmful compounds from the spill are being incorporated into the Gulf’s marine food web. New reports are surfacing every day about the immediate impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf Coast wildlife, especially as the oil reaches the sensitive marshlands along the coast. But how will these communities be affected over time? Scientists currently know very little about how long it takes for the hydrocarbons and heavy metals in crude oil to work their way through marine food webs. To address this issue, California Academy of Sciences researcher Peter Roopnarine is working with Laurie Anderson from Louisiana State University and David Goodwin from Denison University to collect and analyze three different types of mollusks from the Gulf Coast. These animals are continually building their shells, and if contaminants are present in their environment, they can incorporate those compounds into their shells. Roopnarine and his colleagues will study growth rings in the shells – much like scientists would study tree rings – to determine how quickly harmful compounds from

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Gulf Oil Spill Effects On Wildlife | Kentucky News, Zip Code, Banks

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