Florida State University
Deepwater Horizon crude oil deposited on Gulf coast beaches by storm waves was subsequently covered by layers of sand and now is found in inch-thick slabs buried as deep as 60 cm within the supratidal zone of the beaches. Some of the oil-contaminated sand was machine-sifted on site, which produced thick sand layers with a large number of embedded pea-size oil particles. Fate and potential impact of oil layers and oil particles on beach ecology and water quality are not understood.
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