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(Springer) The Gulf of Mexico is a special body of water. While the Mississippi River continues to be the dominant influence on the Gulf ecosystems, the steady input from natural oil vents has also had an effect. Basically, oil is energy from the sun that was captured in plant and animal material and buried eons ago. Based on this energy source, a whole ecosystem has developed deep down at the seabed.
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