Environmental Impact of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

The Gulf Coast region is a beautiful and ecologically diverse part of our country. Thousands of species of fish, birds, reptiles, and mammals – some of them endangered – live in or along the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the marshlands of this region serve an important role as mating grounds and nesting areas for sea turtles and some exotic species of birds.

Unfortunately, the ecological balance of this region is both important and fragile. The damage caused by man-made pollutants and other intrusions can be very difficult to repair. An ecological catastrophe like the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have permanent consequences for the plants and animals of this area.

Devastating Harm

The damage being done by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is difficult to measure and nearly impossible to predict. Because different species depend on one another so closely, a single event can have repercussions throughout the region. In addition, water currents are expected to carry oil from the recent spill as far as Florida, potentially causing extensive harm in other regions as well.

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Private organizations and government agencies are currently working around the clock to minimize the impact of the oil spill on local species. Sadly, extensive harm has already been done. Ecologists are worried that the full effects of this environmental disaster may be felt for generations to come.

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