VIDEO OF THE WEEK
A Tale of Two Spills (Part 2)
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew. More than 200 million gallons of oil escaped into the Gulf over the course of 87 days. Even after a massive cleanup effort, oil slicks covered nearly 65,000 square miles, stretching from the salt marshes of central Louisiana, across Mississippi and Alabama, and into the Florida panhandle. The disaster soon replaced Ixtoc as the largest offshore oil spill in history. The outcome mirrored what happened in Mexico and, in some ways, proved even more extreme: coastal communities suffered greatly, especially from emotional and economic stress.
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.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The Power of Nature
The Nature Conservancy organization has just announced the winners of its 2019 Photo Contest, and the selected shots are a collection of truly stunning images that remind us of how breathtaking our planet can be.
Photo Courtesy of Giovani Cordioli / TNC Photo Contest 2019.
Science Continually Evolves
Science continually evolves. To see the latest research updates on topics in this newsletter, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative web site.
The Story of GoMRI
Not long after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was created. Designed to fund an investigation of the largest offshore oil spill in history, GoMRI quickly became one of the most successful research collaborations in marine science history. Today, as the initiative’s efforts draw to a close, the breadth of research is unprecedented. It’s an amazing story—one that started with a single phone call.
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The Dispatches from the Gulf Documentaries
In the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon, 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. Follow them over 10 years of remarkable research.
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