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'Tar balls' from Deepwater Horizon disaster could be fatal to humans

3 years agoNews : The Coming Crisis

After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico clumps of oil called tar balls began washing up on beaches and it was thought there were harmless. Now new research from Auburn University in Alabama has shown that tar balls are actually reservoirs for a multitude of bacteria – including one pathogen that can cause life-threatening illness.It’s called Vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring bacterium that thrives in warm seawater.
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Researchers find no visible oil sands off Florida Panhandle, Alabama beaches

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (4 years ago)

A team of researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on northern Gulf of Mexico beaches say areas just offshore from some of Florida's most heavily oiled beaches appear to be free of visible oil contamination... Read Post

New tar balls on Gulf of Mexico beaches 'come from BP oil spill'

News : The Coming Crisis (3 years ago)

Tar balls that turned up on the US Gulf coast this month are linked to BP's oil spill last year, signalling that the area is still not fully cleaned up, a study has found.Researchers from Auburn University found the environmental im... Read Post

Where did the missing BP oil go? The Gulf of Mexico floor

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (11 hours ago)

fter 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it. Now, a new study led by Florida State University Professor of Ocea... Read Post

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