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Post-Spill Oyster Shell

Caption: Oyster shells like this one, collected from the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, have been shown to contain higher concentrations of three heavy metals common in crude oil -- vanadium, cobalt, and chromium -- than specimens collected before the spill.

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Related news release: Scientists find higher concentrations of heavy metals in post-oil spill oysters from Gulf of Mexico


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