Dispatches E-News: Exquisite Mud, “We’re Not 60 Minutes” & River Piracy (05/10/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Exquisite Mud: A History Book of the Gulf of Mexico
A team of researchers from the University of South Florida uses a multi-corer to obtain deep sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico. Back in the lab, they analyze the layers of sediment and build a history of the Gulf, with Deepwater Horizon being the latest chapter.
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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Marilyn Weiner: “We’re Not 60 Minutes”
Go behind the scenes for the making of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Dispatches From The Gulf.” Marilyn Weiner, executive producer, shares how the story took shape, the unexpected discoveries, the amazing collaborations between scientists, and the joy that surfaced from the work being done. Here’s a highlight from the intriguing interview with Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio.
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The complete interview (32 min.) can be heard on Green Connections Radio.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Glacial Retreat Causes First Modern Case of “River Piracy”
The retreat of a massive Canadian glacier has triggered the first known case of “river piracy” in modern times – the capture of one river’s flow by another. The giant Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has retreated about a mile up its valley. Last spring, its icy toe, which was sending meltwater toward the Slims River and then north to the Bering Sea, retreated so far that the Slims River changed course. It joined the Kaskawulsh River and began flowing in the opposite direction – south toward the Gulf of Alaska.
Photo courtesy of Jim Best (University of Illinois).
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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf – 2” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.

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