VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Psychological Impact of an Oil Spill
Watermen, oil field workers, and those dependent upon tourism for their livelihood still struggle with anger and anxiety years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. For generations, these Gulf residents have rebounded quickly from natural disasters. For the first time in their lives, they are faced with a great unknown: a man-made disaster.
The lingering environmental ramifications of the spill have lead to depression, substance abuse, divorce, and even suicide within the impacted communities.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Tracy Harvey – The New Generation of Oceanographers
Tracy Harvey has always been fascinated by marine and fresh water ecosystems. She brings that passion to her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Marine Science.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
50 Amazing Facts About Dolphins
They’re funny, cute, athletic, and extremely friendly. Welcome to the extraordinary world of dolphins.
Dolphins are aquatic mammals that have always fascinated humans. Kids and adults have learned to respect a marine creature that sometimes behaves like humans. Scientists have concluded that dolphins are incredibly smart living beings and have become super fast swimmers thanks to their anatomy.
Photo courtesy of SurferToday.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore 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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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Dispatches short videos featuring human interest stories and exploring cutting-edge scientific case studies about the Gulf of Mexico are available on YouTube.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
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