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Deepwater Shipwrecks and Oil Spill Impacts: A Multidisciplinary Investigation of Shipwreck Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Author(s): Robert Westrick ; Daniel Warren ; Robert Church ; Leila Hamdan ; Lisa A. Fitzgerald ; Melanie Damour ; Christopher Horrell ; James D. Moore III ; Roy Cullimore ; Lori Johnston

Year: 2015

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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused substantial perturbations within the coastal and marine environments.  In 2013, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and other partners initiated a multidisciplinary study to examine the effects of the spill on deepwater shipwrecks.  This poster presents an overview of the ongoing research into the microbial biodiversity and corrosion processes at wooden and metal-hulled shipwrecks within and outside the spill area.  This research will provide baseline information for continued monitoring of ecosystems, corrosion processes, and long-term site formation studies of these shipwrecks.


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Deepwater Shipwrecks and Oil Spill Impacts: A Multidisciplinary Investigation of Shipwreck Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Robert Westrick, Daniel Warren, Robert Church, Leila Hamdan, Lisa A. Fitzgerald, Melanie Damour, Christopher Horrell, James D. Moore III, Roy Cullimore, Lori Johnston. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434151)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America