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Archaeology and the Oil Spill

By July 11, 2010

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According to a news report making a very faint splash last week, concern has been raised about the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the historic shipwrecks and other off- and near-shore archaeological ruins.

Simulated Spread of Gulf Oil Spill, Day 360 (April 15 2011)
Simulated Spread of Gulf Oil Spill, Day 360 (April 15 2011). Photo by IPRC/SOEST/UHM

The potential for damage to wrecks (and the general environment) is of course enormous, based on this alarming simulation from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Last month, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) was renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, but the website still seems to work; lots of cultural resource management projects free for the downloading there.


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