Photo Gallery: Wild Harbor Marsh (Florida oil spill 1969)|
In September 1969, the oil barge Florida spilled 700,000 liters of diesel fuel in Buzzards Bay near West Falmouth, MA. This site is one of the most well-studied oil spills in history due to the excellent work of Max Blumer, John Teal and his graduate student Kathy Burns, Howard Sanders and his colleague George Hampson, and John Farrington. To investigate the long-term fate of the spilled oil, we began an intensive study in 2000. Colleagues include Rick Gaines and Glenn Frysinger of the US Coast Guard Academy and Ivan Valiela and Jen Culbertson of Boston University.
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