Location of natural oil seep and chemical fingerprinting suggest alternative explanation for deep sea coral observations.

@article{Boehm2012LocationON,
  title={Location of natural oil seep and chemical fingerprinting suggest alternative explanation for deep sea coral observations.},
  author={Paul D Boehm and Peter D Carragher},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 40},
  pages={E2647; author reply E2648}
}
In the article by White et al. (1) we find that the authors prematurely linked the condition of a single coral community to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, without evaluating other plausible explanations, including the presence of natural oil and gas seeps near the coral, and the potential for underwater landslides to carry seep sediments onto the coral. The single coral location in question, (28.67211° N, −88.47641° W), of 11 studied, is on the western slope of the faulted west flank of the… CONTINUE READING