VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Gulf of Mexico contains a dazzling array of tiny animals including bacteria, algae, and jellyfish. When they die, they mix with decaying plant material and fecal matter to form white fluffy bits that slowly fall toward the seafloor. This phenomenon is known as “marine snow” and it forms the food web for the deep ocean.
After the Deepwater Horizon spill, wherever the currents took the oil, gently falling marine snow suddenly turned into a blizzard as it mixed with oil and dispersants. The seafloor was covered with an area of oiled sediments the size of Delaware. Research scientists at Texas A&M University in Galveston are investigating the interaction between marine snow, oil, and dispersants. Their first challenge was to create marine snow in the laboratory.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: We Won’t Leave Our Dead Behind
The United Houma Nation depends upon the bounty provided by the coastal waters and bayous of Louisiana. Their principal chief, Thomas Dardar, Jr., shares the struggles the tribe has faced to preserve their ancestral way of life after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
How One Brilliant Woman Mapped the Ocean Floor’s Secrets
She is one of the most underappreciated scientists in the history of the earth sciences.
Though Marie Tharp was a geologist whose work contributed to the ultimate acceptance and success of the plate-tectonic theory, her legacy has garnered little recognition—and most of it has been for her cartographic endeavors.
Photo courtesy of Bruce Gilbert.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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