[Coral-List] Oil and Coral

David M. Lawrence dave at fuzzo.com
Tue May 4 12:52:59 EDT 2010

I agree it is a good idea to look at the World War II example, but I 
also suggest we be wary of shifting baselines.  What were the coral 
communities like before World War II erupted?

Since Gene has brought up the topic, and since I have a long interest in 
military history and naval history -- I have the entire Samuel Eliott 
Morison "History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II" in my library 
-- is anyone aware of a complete list of sinkings and estimated volumes 
of oil/fuel spilled as a result of the war?  It might be worthwhile to 
compare volumes of oil and fuel released then to what we are seeing 
now.  (I think I can get a pretty good list of sinkings in the area from 
Morison's books, but am not so sure about volumes of oil spilled.


On 5/3/2010 1:35 PM, Eugene Shinn wrote:
>        So yes, I agree my little test is not the last word on oil
> toxicity but as I said earlier, the past is the best teacher.
> Consider what happened during WW II. Maybe this present disaster will
> stimulate the much needed research. We have enough well-meaning
> resource managers, we need more objective science. Gene

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