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Long-Term Ecosystem Response to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Overview of attention for article published in Science, December 2003
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1 news outlet
3 policy sources
3 tweeters
1 Facebook page
1 Wikipedia page


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Readers on

885 Mendeley
5 CiteULike
1 Connotea
Long-Term Ecosystem Response to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Published in
Science, December 2003
DOI 10.1126/science.1084282
Pubmed ID

C. H. Peterson


The ecosystem response to the 1989 spill of oil from the Exxon Valdez into Prince William Sound, Alaska, shows that current practices for assessing ecological risks of oil in the oceans and, by extension, other toxic sources should be changed. Previously, it was assumed that impacts to populations derive almost exclusively from acute mortality. However, in the Alaskan coastal ecosystem, unexpected persistence of toxic subsurface oil and chronic exposures, even at sublethal levels, have continued to affect wildlife. Delayed population reductions and cascades of indirect effects postponed recovery. Development of ecosystem-based toxicology is required to understand and ultimately predict chronic, delayed, and indirect long-term risks and impacts.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 27 3%
United Kingdom 5 <1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Norway 5 <1%
Portugal 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Mexico 2 <1%
Other 18 2%
Unknown 811 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 170 19%
Student > Master 163 18%
Student > Bachelor 156 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 156 18%
Other 45 5%
Other 133 15%
Unknown 62 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 359 41%
Environmental Science 201 23%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 54 6%
Engineering 45 5%
Chemistry 27 3%
Other 101 11%
Unknown 98 11%

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