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Entries in gulf of mexico (4)


Timelapse: The Shrinking Mississippi Delta

The wetlands that surround the delta act as a natural barrier, a shock-absorber if you will, to the storm surge or hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. But between levees starving these marshes of sediment, and the impact of thousands of miles of canals servicing oil and gas wells across the coast, the Delta is shrinking.

LINK (via: SkyTruth)


Gulf Coast Islands: Now You See 'Em, Now You...??

Four years have passed since the BP Oil and Gas Disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the lasting damage from that spill is just becoming apparent. One possibility: the acceleration of wetlands loss and coastal erosion due to the die-off of marsh vegetation.

Using the Historical Imagery tool in Google Earth, it's easy to see how quickly some of these islands, which provide important habitat for shorebirds and migrating songbirds, are disappearing.

LINK (via:Skytruth)


Rigs to Reefs

In an ironic twist, scientists, fishermen and conservationists are urging that hundreds of dormant oil rigs be left standing in the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that a US federal plan to remove them will endanger coral reefs and fish.

LINK (via Business World)

In it's first life, an oil platform, in its next, a reef?

LINK (via: The NY Times)


Who shot the tiger?