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Mysterious Flotsam in Gulf of Mexico Came From Deepwater Horizon Rig, WHOI Study Finds


January 19, 2012

analyzing oil residue on pieces of flotsam Using state-of-the-art chemical forensics and a bit of old-fashioned detective work, a research team led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution confirmed that mysterious material found floating in the Gulf of Mexico came from the Deepwater Horizon rig. They further determined that tracking debris from damaged rigs can help forecast coastal impacts and guide response efforts in future spills. Full Story

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