Degrees of Disaster by Jeff Wheelwright

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A detailed survey of the physical fate of Prince William Sound in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill documents the shoreline cleanup, the effect on the intertidal zone, hydrocarbon's effects on organisms, and the resiliency of nature.
 

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Jeff Wheelwright is a freelance journalist and the former science editor of Life magazine. He is the author of Degrees of Disaster and The Irritable Heart. He lives in Morro Bay, California.
 
Published August 1, 1994 by Simon & Schuster. 352 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The short-term consequences of such a massive oil spill are self-evident--befouled beaches, dead sea creatures, a glut of righteous politicians on TV- -but we have little real knowledge of the long-term results.

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An examination of the ecological effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, arguing that nature would have largely repaired itself in the wake of the disaster. (Oct.)

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Are all environmental disturbances categorically destructive? Are all human efforts to compensate for environmental damage essentially helpful? Using as a tableau the massive 1989 oil spill created wh

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An examination of the ecological effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, arguing that nature would have largely repaired itself in the wake of the disaster.

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