Oil Spills

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Oil Spills is the first book to survey the history of oil spills, the problems they create, the types of clean-ups and their efficacy, the legal, social, economic, and ecological consequences of oil spills, their long-term impacts on the wildlife and people who survive them, and the alternatives to oil and its transport. Biologist Joanna Burger writes clearly and accessibly both about the catastrophic oil spills that capture the headlines and the small chronic pipeline leaks that we rarely hear about. Oil Spills...
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Oil Spills is the first book to survey the history of oil spills, the problems they create, the types of clean-ups and their efficacy, the legal, social, economic, and ecological consequences of oil spills, their long-term impacts on the wildlife and people who survive them, and the alternatives to oil and its transport. Biologist Joanna Burger writes clearly and accessibly both about the catastrophic oil spills that capture the headlines and the small chronic pipeline leaks that we rarely hear about. Oil Spills is essential reading for everyone concerned with environmental issues and energy policy.
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Burger biology, Rutgers Univ. has researched the biological effects of oil and its components on marine ecosystems in the Arthur Kill 1990 and the Exxon Valdez 1989 oil spills. Her latest work traces the general history of oil spills although the Gulf War spills are not discussed; the geological formation of oil; the refining of crude petroleum; tankers, supertankers, and the transportation of crude; and the many uses of oil. Subjects such as initial response, damage assessment, bioremediation, and the biological effects of oil on vegetation, invertebrates, and mammals are covered as well. This comprehensive book contains a generous number of statistical charts and graphs illustrating such topics as oil consumption, production, and wildlife mortality from oil contamination. A very useful appendix, "Species Mentioned in the Text," lists plants, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals by scientific and common name. This title could be termed a handbook because of its breadth of coverage. For general science and environmental science collections.-Susan Maret, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813523385
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 A Brief History of Oil 14
3 Early Oil Spills: From the Torrey Canyon to the Mid-1980s 33
4 Modern Oil Spills: From the Exxon Valdez to the Present 47
5 Oil Spills in an Environmental Context 79
6 Initial Responses to Oil Spills 90
7 Cleanup, Rehabilitation, and Damage Assessment 109
8 Effects on Vegetation 127
9 Effects on Invertebrates and Fish 139
10 Effects on Birds 155
11 Effects on Mammals and Sea Turtles 177
12 Effects on Humans 186
13 Hazards, Risk, and Perceptions 199
14 Alternatives and the Future 211
App Species Mentioned in the Text 229
Selected Readings 235
Subject Index 243
Species Index 257
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