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Effect of field exposure to 38-year-old residual petroleum hydrocarbons on growth, condition index, and filtration rate of the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa

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dc.contributor.author Culbertson, Jennifer B.
dc.contributor.author Valiela, Ivan
dc.contributor.author Olsen, Ylva S.
dc.contributor.author Reddy, Christopher M.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-07T20:43:45Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-07T20:43:45Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/1958
dc.description Author Posting. © The Author(s), 2007. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Elsevier B.V. for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Environmental Pollution 154 (2008): 312-319, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2007.10.008. en
dc.description.abstract In September 1969, the Florida barge spilled 700,000 L of No. 2 fuel oil into the salt marsh sediments of Wild Harbor, MA. Today a substantial amount, approximately 100 kg, of moderately degraded petroleum remains within the sediment and along eroding creek banks. The ribbed mussels, Geukensia demissa, which inhabit the salt marsh creek bank, are exposed to the spilled oil. Examination of short-term exposure was done with transplantation of G. demissa from a control site, Great Sippewissett marsh, into Wild Harbor. We examined the effects of long-term exposure with transplantation of mussels from Wild Harbor into Great Sippewissett. Both the short- and long-term exposure transplants exhibited slower growth rates, shorter mean shell lengths, lower condition indices, and decreased filtration rates. Our results add new knowledge about long-term consequences of spilled oil, a dimension that should be included when assessing oil-impacted areas and developing management plans designed to restore, rehabilitate, or replace impacted areas. en
dc.description.sponsorship This work is the result of research sponsored by NOAA National Sea Grant College Program Office, Department of Commerce, under Grant No. NA16RG2273, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Project No. R/P-73. Additional support was provided by funding from the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program, award 0453292, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (N00014-04-01-0029) to C. Reddy. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2007.10.008
dc.subject Florida (barge) en
dc.subject Oil pollution en
dc.subject Petroleum hydrocarbons en
dc.subject Geukensia demissa en
dc.subject Salt marsh en
dc.title Effect of field exposure to 38-year-old residual petroleum hydrocarbons on growth, condition index, and filtration rate of the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa en
dc.type Preprint en


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