15 May '11, 7pm

Science reporter @lizzieg1 breaks down the Gulf of Mexico's health one year after the BP spill

Science reporter @lizzieg1 breaks down the Gulf of Mexico's health one year after the BP spill

“A deathtrap of mucus gashing through the water like flypaper.” That’s how Samantha Joye, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia, describes the effect of the oil and gas from last summer’s disaster on the delicate marine organisms that inhabit the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010, Joye’s research team was among the earliest on the scene and the first to report huge underwater plumes of hydrocarbons gushing from the blown out Macondo well some 5,000 feet under water. Since May of last year, her team – which had been investigating microbial activity near the well before the blowout – has undertaken several research expeditions to the Gulf to observe conditions in deep water and on the sea floor. They are trying to understand the fate of this oil and gas, and how it has impacted the...

Full article: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/...

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