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Macondo 252 Oil Spill Impacts in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands: Effects on Soil-Microbial-Plant Systems

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Louisiana State University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Chemical Aspects Research

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Project Description

The Macondo 252 oil spill resulting from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on April 20, 2010 is debatably the largest environmental disaster ever experienced in the United States, and, without question, the largest oil spill. The release of an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil exposed the nation's largest and most productive wetland-estuarine environment to an unprecedented potential for environmental damage.


Irving A. Mendelssohn
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