Gulf Oil Plumes Still a Threat?
Are giant plumes of oil droplets in the Gulf of Mexico, detected by scientists in the months following the BP oil spill, still a threat to the Gulf's marine life? Video.
Over the course of the summer, scientists detected large plumes of oil droplets in the Gulf of Mexico, presumably from the BP oil spill that began in April. Are these plumes still a threat to the Gulf ecosystem?
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Several weeks after the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, researchers familiar with the Gulf revealed that their research team had detected a large plume made up of oil droplets and it was located more than 3000 feet under the water’s surface.
One of those researchers is University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye.
The oil plume data collected by Joye and the other researchers working with her initially received a cool reception from officials in NOAA. The