[Coral-List] nicobar oil spill

John Cubit John.Cubit at noaa.gov
Tue Aug 15 20:08:08 EDT 2006

In the 1986 Bahia las Minas spill (Caribbean Panama), intertidal Porites 
and Millepora on
reef flats were directly immersed in standing oil at low tide.  The oil 
was a mixture of
Venezuelan and Mexican crude oils (medium weight crude oils, 27 deg API 
at 15.6 deg C). 
All of these intertidal corals were killed.  Oil also adversely impacted 
shallow subtidal corals.

Chris Hind wrote:
> anyone happen to know how well exposed coral at low
> tide can repel oil with its mucus?
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John Cubit, Ph.D.
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