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Image : Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Location: Buzzards Bay off Westport, Mass.
Date: April 27, 2003

Lat./Long.: 41°29'22.10"N, 70°59'17.80"W
Material spilled: No. 6 fuel oil
Amount spilled: approx. 98,000 gallons
Spill extent: more than 90 miles of shoreline
recovery of the marsh grasses
Thirty years later, WHOI biologist George Hampson still monitors the recovery of the marsh grasses, which have not recovered to their pre-1974 state. New work at the site reveals that petroleum hydrocarbons continue to persist in the marsh. (Photo by George Hampson, WHOI)


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