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2012-05-11 12:02:25

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast. Research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania´s Douglas Jerolmack, now offers an...

Two-Years Later, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Still Having An Impact
2012-04-20 11:05:51

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Two-years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig made the Gulf of Mexico shorelines a hotbed for headlines at the time, and even today. Leased by BP, the rig operators were drilling at a depth of a little over 4,000-ft of water southeast of Houston when an explosion on the rig killed 11 crewmen, and started a fire that would ultimately be the Deepwater Horizon's demise. A group of scientists appointed by the government to calculate the size of the oil...

Scientists Find Higher Concentrations Of Heavy Metals In Post Oil Spill Oysters From Gulf Of Mexico
2012-04-19 08:18:55

Comparisons between pre- and post-spill specimens show an increase in vanadium, chromium, cobalt, and lead concentrations in shells, gill, and muscle tissue As the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico approaches, a team of scientists led by Dr. Peter Roopnarine of the California Academy of Sciences has detected evidence that pollutants from the oil have entered the ecosystem's food chain. For the past two years, the team has been studying oysters...

2012-04-12 10:19:28

Understanding oil movement at depth, microbial action, and deep sea ecology will be essential for responding to future spills Inadequate knowledge about the effects of deepwater oil well blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon event of 2010 threatens scientists' ability to help manage and assess comparable events in future, according to an article that a multi-author group of specialists will publish in the May issue of BioScience. Even federal "rapid response" grants awarded to study the...

Image 1 - Mysterious Flotsam Came From Deepwater Horizon Rig
2012-01-21 04:33:16

Tracking Debris from Damaged Oil Rigs Could Help Forecast Coastal Impacts in the Future Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, mysterious honeycomb material was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico and along coastal beaches. Using state-of-the-art chemical forensics and a bit of old-fashioned detective work, a research team led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) confirmed that the flotsam were pieces of material used to maintain buoyancy of the pipe...

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2012-01-01 08:25:36

By early next year, there will be more deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico than there were in the days leading up to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday. On April 20, 2010, and explosion onboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 men working on the platform, injured 17 others, and led to what many have called the one of the worst environmental disaster in American history. Approximately five...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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