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Deepwater Horizon Oil Deposition in Gulf of Mexico Beaches Phase 2: Recovery of the Beach Sedimentary Environment

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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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Physical Aspects Research

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Project Description

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.


Markus Huettel
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