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The Deepwater Horizon, the Mavi Marmara, and the dynamic zonation of ocean space

June 2011

Read a Commentary from March 2011's Geographical Journal by Philip Steinberg

The Deepwater Horizon, the Mavi Marmara, and the dynamic zonation of ocean space

The following abstract is for a commentary article that was published in The Geographical Journal, Volume 177 Issue 1 Pages 12-16, March 2011

Two events dominated the world news during the second quarter of 2010. First, on 20 April, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana left 11 dead. In the weeks following what was first depicted as a contained accident, it became apparent that the explosion had triggered what may well be one of the major environmental catastrophes of the past hundred years with the release of millions of gallons of oil and natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico. Then, on 31 May, an Israel Defense Forces commando team raided a seven-ship flotilla organised by a Turkish non-governmental organisation that was attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to residents of the Gaza Strip. The boarding of the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, resulted in nine deaths and has had significant diplomatic repercussions, most prominently for Israel's relationship with Turkey but throughout the Middle East as a whole.

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