Dispatches E-News: Discovery Continues, Calm Seas & Marine Microbial Interactions (09/27/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Mud and Blood Cruise – Part Five: The Process of Discovery Continues

The “Mud and Blood Cruise” is a two-week research mission that collects and analyzes fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This week, after the Weatherbird returns to port, research moves to the lab at the University of South Florida. Chemical techniques are used to study how the oil evolved in the system and how it continues to impact the ecosystem.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

The seas have calmed and the LASER crew is able to drop the drifters – about 1,000 in total. Their GPS chips will relay location data back to servers in Miami for the next three months. The data the team collects will go a long way towards improving computer models of ocean currents and hopefully mitigating effects of future oil spills.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Examining Biofilms from Oil and Marine Microbial Interactions

In this update, ADDOMEx Principal Investigator Antonietta Quigg describes ongoing research about marine oil snow formation during the Deepwater Horizon spill and its effects on Gulf of Mexico environments. She discusses how this research could inform oil spill response and shares some preliminary results that surprised their research group.

Photo courtesy of Gary Finch.

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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” 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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