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.
Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a "dirty blizzard." Read Post
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