Barcode Long Island Team Mutated Macros
Barcode Long Island
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals: Invertebrate


The Biodiversity of Marine Macroinvertebrates in a Creek Near a Power Plant
Samsun Nahar, Andrew Cerase, Sara Volka
William Floyd HS, Suffolk
Victoria D'Ambrosia


The Shoreham nuclear power plant was finished in 1984 in hopes to light 500,000 homes, but ultimately it failed. This power plant never truly operated because of mass protests due to rising costs and environmental issues. The Chernobyl disaster of 1984 had caused the inevitable downfall of the plant, greatly affecting its surrounding ecosystem and causing genetic mutations in the wildlife of the area (Walker, 2001). Similar to the Chernobyl accident, the Shoreham power plant caused great alterations to the ecosystem. Alterations are prominent such as sharp curvatures in the shoreline within the marshlands. The building of Shoreham power plant is believed to have caused immense devastation to the environment and affected factors such as biodiversity and water contamination. Through analysis of macroinvertebrates in this environment, results exemplifying the decrease of biodiversity is believed to be true. Due to the development of a power plant, it is believed that biodiversity decrease


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