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Image : Still Toxic After All These Years


Location: Buzzards Bay, off West Falmouth, Mass.
Date: September 16, 1969

Lat./Long.: 41°35'57.60"N, 70°41'47.88"W
Material spilled: No. 2 fuel oil
Amount spilled: 189,000 gallons
Spill extent: **

Prevailing winds blew oil from the barge Florida into Wild Harbor in Falmouth, Mass.,where decades later, scientists found residual oil from the spill buried in the salt marsh. They also sampled Great Sippewissett Marsh, which was not affected by the Florida spill. (Map by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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