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Dolphin Deaths In The Gulf Of Mexico Caused By Numerous Factors
2012-07-20 11:53:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The largest oil spill along the northern Gulf of Mexico to date, along with other environmental factors, led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf, concludes a two-year scientific study released on July 19, 2012. Since 2010, scientists have been trying to figure out why there were a high number of dolphin deaths, part of what is called an "unusual mortality event." The most disturbing thing to scientists...

Winds Played Important Role In Keeping Oil Away From South Florida
2012-07-09 16:41:40

New NSF funded study shows how currents and winds shaped where hydrocarbons from Deepwater Horizon went The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in spring 2010 is the largest oil spill in the history of the United States, with more than 200 million gallons of crude oil released at about 1,500 m. depth off the Mississippi Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the accident, the proximity of the intense Loop Current, flowing from the Yucatan Channel to the Florida Straits, raised major concerns...

Deepwater Horizon Spill Exacerbated Existing Problems In Louisiana Marshes
2012-06-26 04:10:50

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill temporarily worsened existing manmade problems in Louisiana's salt marshes such as erosion, but there may be cause for optimism, according to a new study. A study appearing online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the 2010 spill killed off salt marsh plants 15 to 30 feet from the shoreline and this plant die off resulted in a more-than-doubled rate of erosion along the marsh edge and subsequent permanent marsh habitat...

Deepwater Horizon Spill Affected Microbial Communities
2012-06-07 11:43:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com While the tar-stained beaches from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be long gone, the Gulf of Mexico´s smallest residents are still reacting to its effects. According to new research published in the journal PLoS ONE, hydrocarbon-consuming fungal communities now dominate the previously diverse range of microscopic marine life that once populated the shoreline. Samples collected around Dauphin Island, Ala., and Grand Isle, La., just before oil...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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