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Tracing the Intrusion of the GOM-2010 Oil Spill on Coastal and Marine Food Webs Radiocarbon and Stable Isotope

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Florida 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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Environmental Research

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Project Description

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is effectively a large-scale tracer release. The isotopic signature of the carbon entering the marine environment from the spill will provide a means of tracing the immediate and long term effects of the spill on coastal food webs. Our preliminary data indicates that this pulse of carbon will be assimilated into coastal food webs.


Jeffrey Paul Chanton
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