National Geographic : 1991 Aug
IRAQ More than 500 burning oil wells released an enormous cloud of smoke. The plume threatened Iranian crops with acid rain and was car ried at least as far eastas India. of water, the Persia for its role as the M way. A quarter of pollute it each year more than five year nated water throug Hormuz. Oil aside, one and a half time oceans. Still, nume on the shallow wes possible to stand cl miles out. These sh tat for algae, the b( chain that has mad prime fishery for r are also the final re gulf war oil spills, I winds and currents Species at risk * Shrimp nursery Pearl oyster bed -Dugong critical habi STurtle nest site 1 Osprey nest site 8 Heron and waterfowl ( Flamingo feeding ar 1 Cormorant and tern Plovers and other shorel are found the entire leng the gulf coast. CONSULTANTS:JOHN H. ROBII JACQUELINEMICHEL, RESEAR PAINTINGBY NATIONALGEOGI Sleakina tanl Prevailing winds (late January and February 1991) N ' Secondary winds (late January and February 1991) meters 75km 75mi Basrc Shatt al Arab- IR iven pre'