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Effects of offshore oil drilling on Philippine reef corals.

Bulletin of Marine Science

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Abstract

An offshore drilling site in an area of extensive live-coral bottom off NW Palawan Island, Philippines, was examined 15 months after well completion. Porites lutea growth rates showed that little suppression of head coral growth could be attributed to drilling. Diver observation, however, together with analysis of sampling transect photomosaics, revealed 70-90% reduction in foliose, branching, and plate-like corals in an iron-stained area that extended out from the wellheads in a 115 X 85-m ellipse.-from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of offshore oil drilling on Philippine reef corals.
Series title:
Bulletin of Marine Science
Volume
32
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1982
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of Marine Science
First page:
890
Last page:
908