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Press Release 10-088

Gulf Oil Spill: NSF Awards Rapid Response Grant to Study Microbes' Natural Degradation of Oil

Do manufactured dispersants interfere with microbes' natural oil-dispersing ability?

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Satellite image showing oil on the Gulf's surface glinting in mid-day sunlight.

Oil that has reached the Gulf's surface glints in mid-day sunlight.

Credit: NASA


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Scientists collect Gulf of Mexico oil samples for study of the oil degradation process.

Scientists collect Gulf of Mexico oil samples for study of the oil's degradation process.

Credit: George Wardlaw


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Oil along with flotsam and jetsam lining the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Along with flotsam and jetsam, oil lines beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Credit: Molly Redmond


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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in marsh with a marker for scale.

David Valentine and colleagues study oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Credit: George Wardlaw


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Bird covered with oil.

The Gulf's wildlife is increasingly being affected by the spill.

Credit: NOAA


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Illustration showing the Gulf's Loop Current, which may carry oil far afield.

Oceanographers are carefully watching the Gulf's Loop Current, which may carry oil far afield.

Credit: NOAA


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