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This rocky beach on an islet in Northwest Bay is one of the sites that scientists have been studying since the oil spill. The photo on the left was taken in June 1989, only months after the oil spill, and very soon after this area had been cleaned with high-pressure hot water. Extensive areas of dead rockweed (Fucus gardneri) are visible in the photo. On the right is the same location in 1998. During the years since the oil spill, rockweed has extensively recolonized the area. (Photo credit: OR&R, NOAA)


photo taken in June 1989, only months after the oil spill   Northwest Bay in 1998

 
The photo on the left was taken in June 1989, only months after the oil spill, and very soon after this area had been cleaned with high-pressure hot water. Extensive areas of dead rockweed (Fucus gardneri) are visible in the photo. On the right is the same location in 1998.