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Oil spill causes massive harm to microscopic creatures

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Oiled seabirds and turtles may have been the dominant images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but new research indicates there was also massive harm to microscopic creatures in coastal sands, lasting months after beaches appeared superficially clean.

Ken Halanych, professor of Biological Sciences at Auburn University and co-author of the study explained that communities of small organisms that live in the sediment and between sand grains underwent dramatic shifts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, research by Auburn University’s Molette Biology Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies has shown. Analysis of five sites along the Alabama Coast before, and several months after, oiling, is reported in the June 6, 2012 issue of the journal PLoS ONE (http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0038550).

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