Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and a team from 3 other institutions have analyzed data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment that identifies the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 major petroleum hydrocarbons or compounds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that settled on the ocean floor. In their study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers noted the factors that would influence the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun could exacerbate the toxicity of the contaminants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from oil spills.
New hollywood movie portrays event that occured beofre and during the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon.
An oil spill from the Royal Dutch Shell company involved an estimated 88,200 gallons of crude leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard has been recovering oily water and has said that the slick has not yet affected wildlife and will not reach the shoreline.
While the Gulf of Mexico's oyster industry was hard-hit by Katrina and Deepwater Horizon, oyster restoration projects are busy around the country. How can you contribute? Bring in oyster shells, or let kids help raise young oysters in schools.
Exactly five years to the day, an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leaked nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, research looking into the long-term effects of this disaster have made an unexpected discovery. Oil may encourage the formation of an unusual fall of organic matter called "marine snow" - a revelation that could help find smaller oil leaks in the future.
Experts have found that certain parts of the ocean may be more resistant to the adverse effects of oil spills than was previously thought. That's largely thanks to some naturally present oil eating-bacteria that inhabit certain bodies of water, such as the Gulf of Mexico. However, these organisms may be missing some key toxins, leaving humans to clean up a near-invisible mess.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 is still impacting corals in the Gulf of Mexico, proving that the effects of this calamity are deeper and broader than predicted, according to a new study.