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American Geophysical Union

Oil on Small Stones

Caption: Scientists measure oil on small stones between boulders on beaches in the Gulf of Alaska. The rocky, high-energy coastlines southwest of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill contain small remnants of the spill which appear to be protected by a stable boulder and cobble "armor," according to research being presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Credit: Gail Irvine, USGS

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