Tropical lagoon threatened by oil slick

December 2008
Geographical (Geographical Magazine Ltd.);Dec2008, Vol. 80 Issue 12, p9
The article reports that an oil slick from a sunken tanker in the Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia in the western Pacific was discovered by scientists to be detrimental to the area's marine environment and to its tourism industry. According to the article, the lagoon was a base for Japanese operations during World War II where a 1944 U.S. Navy attack left many wrecked ships. The oil slick risks destroying 266 species of reef fish which have made the ships their home since the year 1944.


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