VIDEO OF THE WEEK
What’s At Stake?
The Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands and marshes are home to thousands of species of plants and animals – and its beaches help support a hundred billion-dollar tourist industry. It’s also a place whose waters provide 40% of the commercial seafood caught in the lower 48 States.
After 87 days of oil spewing into the Gulf, the beaches and salt marshes were hit hard. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals and birds died. Tourists abandoned the beaches. And watermen were unable to work. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill put at stake not only a way of life, but also the future of one of the most biologically fertile regions in the world.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Isabel Romero: One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Marquéz, which follows an unbreakable cycle of misfortune in a fictional town called Macondo. Macondo is also the name of the oil well where the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling. Colombian-born oceanographer Dr. Isabel Romero relates the misfortunes in that novel to the disastrous effects of the oil spills she’s seen in Colombia, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond.
This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Follow the 2017 Nautilus Expedition
The 2017 Nautilus Expedition — the longest to date — launched from San Pedro, California on May 12 and continues through November. The six-month trip will include exploration of British Columbia, the Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, the Olympic Coast, Cascadia Margin, Gulf of California, Pescadero Basin, and Revillagigedo Archipelago. On board are 18 educators, one artist, and 19 students who will train as science communication fellows.
You can watch the research being conducted 24/7 all season long by visiting Corps of Exploration Live.
Photo courtesy of Nautilus Live / Ocean Exploration Trust.
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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Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.
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