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28 April 2014

The increased content of chromium and nickel in the blood of birds leads to an increased mortality of birds

Heavy metals and harmful toxic substances contained in oil, lead to the death of the surrounding animal world and are capable of provoking a real ecological catastrophe. For example, the tanker breakdown, which triggered the spill of a large amount of oily oil substance in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago, still has an adverse effect on the fauna and flora of this territory. A study of independent environmental organizations showed that the five million tons of oil that fell into the water after the disaster led to a significant increase in mortality among many species of animals historically inhabiting water depths and coastal areas. And the danger has affected not only those animals that live in the water. Birds, just flying regularly over the expanses of the Gulf of Mexico, are characterized by a high content of chromium and nickel in the blood. Such a heavy metal content is abnormal for our feathered brothers and can not but affect their morbidity and overall life expectancy. Chromium and nickel, getting into the tissues and blood of the winged population of the dangerous territory, provokes the destruction of the cellular tissue and causes the gene modifications of the bird. This situation leads to the death of the feathered population of the contaminated territory in a very short time. But the fauna of the territorial massif with the increased content of toxins suffers more from oil spills. Over the course of several years, since the spill of oily poison over the surface water surface, more than nine hundred dead dolphins have been thrown ashore. Even those dolphins who still manage to survive, differ too little weight and suffer from diseases of the genitourinary system and the liver. In general, it is the dolphins that are at the top of the food chain of the sea, and such damage to their health is a clear example of the global degree of environmental disaster in this region. Despite the fact that today the water surface of the Gulf of Mexico looks clean enough, but the oil itself has not left the sea, but simply settled to the bottom. The currents carry the settled poisons into the marshy coastal areas, where toxic waste continues to destroy the ecology and animal life of the region.

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