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Press Release 12-005

Gulf of Mexico Topography Played Key Role in Bacterial Consumption of Deepwater Horizon Spill

Scientists document how geology, biology worked together after oil disaster

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Image of vessels and platforms responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.

Vessels and platforms responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.

Credit: David Valentine


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Image of natural gas flaring captured at the ruptured Gulf of Mexico well.

Flaring of natural gas captured at the ruptured Gulf of Mexico well.

Credit: David Valentine


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Image showing recovery of a water sampling device at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Recovery in June 2010 of a water sampling device at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Credit: David Valentine


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Image showing night-time recovery of a sampling device at the the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Night-time recovery of a sampling device at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Credit: David Valentine


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Modeling showing 26 hydrocarbon compounds at the 1,000- to 3,000-meter depth interval.

Model results of 26 hydrocarbon compounds at the 1,000- to 3,000-meter depth interval.

Credit: David Valentine et al.


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Oxygen anomalies at the 1,000- to 3,000-meter depth interval with spill location is black circle.

Oxygen anomalies at the 1,000- to 3,000-meter depth interval; spill location is black circle.

Credit: David Valentine


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