Oil spill could ravage precious Gulf Coast mangroves

Agence France-Presse: The BP oil slick menacing the US Gulf Coast poses a direct threat to vast expanses of mangrove forest critical to many of the region's fragile ecosystems, experts say. Some 2,000 square kilometres (800 square miles) of US coastal mangrove habitat are concentrated in three states most threatened by the estimated 5,000 barrels-a-day of crude oozing into the Gulf: Louisiana, Texas and the southern tip of Florida. "The oil will basically kill the trees," said Jerry Lorenz, a marine ......

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