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Gulf Oil Spill Resources

The following guide identifies resources pertaining to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that are available at UNCW's Randall Library, online through its subscription databases, or freely available via the Internet.

You might also consider looking at "North Carolina Prepares for Effects from the Gulf Oil Spill" to learn how North Carolina is preparing for the potential effects of the oil spill. Please see the "UNCW Oil Spill Response" site for information regarding UNCW's efforts to study and understand the effects of the oil spill. You might even want to check out David Gessner's, "Into the Gulf: A Journal," which reflects his observations from traveling along the oil-soaked Gulf coast. Gessner is an assoicate professor in UNCW's Department of Creative Writing.

Starting Points

Available from GulfBase, a project of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, this webpage provides an overview of the Gulf of Mexico. Information about the Gulf's geography, depth, geologic history, circulation and currents, petroleum and fisheries, and references to relevant literature is included.

The official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners. Also included is a response timeline, statistics, maps and data, dispersent letters, among others.

Prepared by NOAA in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and information on previous spills and associated remedial actions. The bibliography includes information sources concerned both with the harmful effects of oil and chemical spills to marine habitats and their associated living marine resources and with the cultural and economic impacts caused by such spills.

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