Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Haley Reading Group: “Thirty Million Gallons Under the Sea”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
Cynthia A. Campbell
Antonia Juhasz’s article “Thirty Million Gallons Under the Sea” focuses on the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Juhasz illuminates how the thirty million gallons of oil remaining on the ocean floor is affecting the ecological balance. Ultimately, the article speaks to the continued efforts of oil companies to extract oil from the ocean despite the risk of further disasters.
Juhasz’s discussion of the phytoplankton was especially enlightening. At one point, Juhasz notes that “[this] sea vegetation...produces about half of the planet’s oxygen.” This point indicates the vital importance of a healthy ocean ecosystem.
After reading Juhasz’s article, what was one point concerning the destruction of sea organisms that viewed as especially important to consider? Why? Please provide a page number citation.