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Scientists Map Origin of Large, Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume in Gulf

Posted Aug 19 2010 3:08pm

Photo of Sentry, which criss-crossed the plume 19 times in deep Gulf waters.

Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The 1.2-mile-wide, 650-foot-high plume of trapped hydrocarbons was detected during a ten day subsurface sampling effort from June 19-28, 2010 near the wellhead. The results provide a ...

More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117553&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click


This is an NSF News item.

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