Where Did Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?

Where Did Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?

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BP oil spill. Photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley.

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A seminal paper published in 2012 estimated that of the 200 million gallons discharged into the environment, half never surfaced to form slicks but remained trapped deep in the ocean. Researchers have just completed a study, published Oct. 27, 2014, in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on how much of that trapped oil rained down to the ocean floor, and where it fell…

Read Full Article, WHOI “Oceanus Magazine”

Where Did All the Oil Go? UCSB Current
Due to the environmental disaster’s unprecedented scope, assessing the damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a challenge. One unsolved puzzle is the location of 2 million barrels of submerged oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean. UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and UC Irvine have been able to describe the path the oil followed to create a footprint on the deep ocean floor…

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