||Ecosystem Perspective on Potential Impacts of Drilling Fluid Discharges on Seagrasses.
Kelly, J. R. ;
Duke, T. W. ;
Harwell, M. A. ;
Harwell, C. C. ;
||Environmental Research Lab., Gulf Breeze, FL. ;Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Ecosystems Research Center.
Drilling fluids ;
Sea grasses ;
Primary biological productivity ;
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Potential effects of oil drilling fluid discharges upon Thalassia seagrass ecosystems were examined to provide general insights and raise ecotoxicological issues relevant to problems of addressing a priori, ecolgical effects of anthropogenic actions. Microcosm experiments have demonstrated effects upon both autotrophic and heterotrophic species, as well as the processes of primary productivity and decomposition. Significant ecological changes may result from disturbance effects related to the physical presence of higher particle loads, in addition to effects related to the physical presence of higher particle loads, in addition to effects resulting from toxic features of drilling fluids. (Copyright (c) 1987 Springer-Verlag New York Inc.)