Follow-Up Field Survey of the Oil Pollution from the Tanker 'METULA.'
TEXAS A AND M RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLLEGE STATION
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The team found that over 128 kilometers or 80 miles of beach have evidence of METULA oil impact. It is the authors judgement that a majority of the oil which came ashore in August and September is still ashore. This would amount to some 20,000 tons of oil. This oil will continue to erode, leach into the water or be flushed from the estuaries and will be a chronic source of pollution for a long time to come. There appears to be substantial biological impact of the intertidal marine life, but the effect on other marine organisms is hard to determine. The oil spill is still having a detrimental effect on marine waterfowl and will continue to do so as long as unstabilized oil or mousse is located at the top of the beach zone and in estuarine areas and as long as contaminated mussels are used as a food source.
- Biological Oceanography
- Civil Engineering