An island (Cat Island) has been completely destroyed by the oil spill. “The oil comes down, it kills the mangroves, which then kills the root system. And the root is holding together this island, and without that root system holding together, the sediment it just erodes away.” Said Natalie Peyronnin from the Environmental Defense.
Cat Island in Louisiana, Credit: National Geographic
The island was about six acres and within five years very little land remains above the waters surface. This could impact birds migrating that use the island as a resting stop. This could be the first of many long term effects seen from this preventable and costliest US environmental disaster.
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