A Day Among the Giants | Emily Callahan

July 14, 2014 9:30 PM

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A Day Among the Giants | Emily Callahan

Upon approach, offshore oil and gas platforms appear industrial and lifeless -- devoid of any life, besides the humming of industry. Their potential to function as artificial reef systems seems impossible. Yet, the Rig2Reef Explorers of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Amber Jackson, Ashleigh Palinkas and myself, have found that offshore oil and gas platforms provide one of the most unique artificial ecosystems in California.

Artificial reefs are not all created equal. The location, substrate material, structure size and time of year, all effect the variety and density of species found there. So how do oil platforms differ from other types of artificial reefs, such as sunken ships? To explore this question, we set out on...

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