Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.

@article{White2012ImpactOT,
  title={Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.},
  author={Helen K. White and Pen-Yuan Hsing and Walter Cho and Timothy M. Shank and Erik E. Cordes and Andrea M Quattrini and Robert K. Nelson and Richard Camilli and A. J. Demopoulos and Christopher R. German and J. M.-P. Brooks and Harry H. Roberts and William W Shedd and Christopher M. Reddy and Charles R. Fisher},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 50},
  pages={20303-8}
}
To assess the potential impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on offshore ecosystems, 11 sites hosting deep-water coral communities were examined 3 to 4 mo after the well was capped. Healthy coral communities were observed at all sites >20 km from the Macondo well, including seven sites previously visited in September 2009, where the corals and communities appeared unchanged. However, at one site 11 km southwest of the Macondo well, coral colonies presented widespread signs of stress… CONTINUE READING