Dirty Blizzard in Gulf of Mexico May Account for Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
A close-up of a tar ball found on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama (May 13, 2010). Captions and Photo source: NOAA
Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a “dirty blizzard.”
The dirty blizzard phenomenon may explain what happened to some portion of the more than 200 million gallons of spilled oil…
Dirty Blizzard Buried Deepwater Horizon Oil, Nature
One-third of missing oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill may be mixed with sea-floor sediments.