Dispatches E-News: Mud & Blood Wrap-up, Plants Breaking Down Oil & Coastal Resilience (10/04/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Mud and Blood Cruise – Part Six: Final Thoughts

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.

As oil and gas exploration moves further offshore and into deeper environments, deep-sea or subsurface well blowouts will create a new breed of oil spill. Some wells will be more than two miles deep in areas that remain totally unexplored. The scientific community speculates there are many new aquatic species still to be discovered; there is a responsibility to understand and protect those animals, as they will be highly vulnerable to future oil spills.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

Bay Jimmy, Louisiana is one of many small bays in the Mississippi River Delta whose marshes were hit hard by Deepwater Horizon oil. Professor Sunshine Van Bael and her team at Tulane University collect samples from Bay Jimmy to determine how plants and bacteria work together to break down oil and clean up buried pockets in the marshes.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Nature. Structure. Society. Economy. The building blocks of coastal resilience.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance works across the region addressing issues of human, economic, and ecological resilience. In a special Hurricane Edition of their monthly newsletter, they share success stories from coastal partners. In no way do they want to diminish the long recovery ahead following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but they want to highlight the things that have worked so far.

Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

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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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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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