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Press Release 11-211

Scientists Identify Microbes Responsible for Consuming Natural Gas in Deepwater Horizon Spill

Water temperature played key role

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Photo of scientist Molly Redmond with a sample taken as part of the Gulf oil spill microbes study.

Scientist Molly Redmond with a sample taken as part of the Gulf oil spill microbes study.

Credit: David Valentine


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Photo of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Scientists studied the interaction of the oil spill and microbes in Gulf of Mexico waters.

Credit: Luke McKay, University of Georgia


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Photo of oil slick at the sea's surface containing orange-colored older oil and fresher oil sheen.

An oil slick at the sea's surface contains orange-colored 'older' oil and a fresher oil sheen.

Credit: David Valentine


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Photo showing flares of captured gas and oil at the Deepwater Horizon spill site in June 2010.

Flares of captured gas (left) and oil (right) at the Deepwater Horizon spill site in June 2010.

Credit: David Valentine


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