Deepwater Horizon Gunk Settled Far and Wide

Posted by Mike Confino, October 29, 2014


More than one-third of the oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill never made it to the surface. Scientists have been trying to locate the missing 2 million barrels since. Some have suggested that the oil was consumed by microbes or settled onto the sea floor.

A study published on October 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that a significant fraction of the spill was deposited in patches across at least 3,200 square kilometers of deep-sea sediments — an area as much as 20 to 100 times larger than previous estimates had suggested.

via Deepwater Horizon Gunk Settled Far and Wide – Scientific American.

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