Island dissolves in the Gulf of Mexico - Tucson News Now

Island dissolves in the Gulf of Mexico

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - We all know about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010. We are now starting to see the first of the long term effects from this disaster, and it is not good news.

We know that oil can be harmful to the environment, especially wildlife and birds in-particular. Well we are now seeing what it does to land mass in the Gulf.

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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