[Coral-List] nicobar oil spill
gchallenger at msn.com
Wed Aug 16 16:08:52 EDT 2006
It depends on exposure. There is a study in the Netherland Antilles that suggest they repel particulate oil much like sediment particles. I do not have the reference handy as I am in the field at an oil spill at present. Obviously, submersed in oil is bad. John, weren't the subtidal oil-affected corals largely limited to the areas where dispersants were used, or am I thinking of the TROPIX studies in Panama?
----- Original Message -----From: John Cubit
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 5:42 PM
To: Chris Hind
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] nicobar oil spill
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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