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Vertical reefs : life on oil and gas platforms in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Author: Mary K Wicksten
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Gulf Coast books, no. 27.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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On a clear night, the bright lights of oil platforms sparkle in the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of these platforms off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana play an important role in the lives of underwater species who find food, shelter, and permanent homes in the ecosystem created by these big, three-dimensional structures standing on the flat sea floor. They may also play lesser-known roles "above the waves" in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wicksten, Mary K.
Vertical reefs.
(DLC) 2015004797
(OCoLC)907621782
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary K Wicksten
ISBN: 9781623493127 1623493129
OCLC Number: 914255722
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations.
Contents: The why and where of drilling for oil and gas --
The leasing process --
Rigs and platforms --
Natural reefs and banks compared to the platforms --
How life arrives at the platforms --
Visitors above the waves --
Below the water --
Biological invasions and platforms --
Resident animals --
Seaweeds and the basis of the food chain --
Life on near-shore platforms --
Life on platforms of the outer continental shelf --
Life on blue-water platforms --
Deep life on platforms --
Life on platforms at night --
Large visiting animals --
Recreational use --
Fishing --
Diving --
The fate of platforms --
General resources.
Series Title: Gulf Coast books, no. 27.
Responsibility: Mary Katherine Wicksten.

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While most people may never experience the undersea world of oil platforms, this book will bring a better understanding of it to any teacher, beachgoer, angler, diver, or coastal resident who ever  Read more...

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