“Dirty Blizzard” sent 2010 Gulf oil spill pollution to seafloor

 

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Patricio Salvidea

Dr. Llinas

After the massive oil spill that occurred on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010, there was an extreme amount of contamination on the surface of the ocean floor. Over 200 million gallons of crude oil was gushed into the Gulf between April-July of 2010. New studies have shown that the repercussions of this contamination are worse than we had originally predicted.

The studies uncovered suggest that the ecological effects could last longer than previously thought. New shed light and countless studies have enabled us to see that the effects of our contamination have a tremendous impact on our ecosystem and our planet Earth. The contaminants of the crude oil have gone deep into the ocean floor, affecting all of our coral and marine life. These oil pollutants are carried downward by marine snow, and have now  been found to stay in the water for a lot longer than originally predicted (close to five months).

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160530153258.htm

 

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