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Press Release 10-108

Gulf Oil Spill: NSF Awards Rapid Response Grant to Study Oil Found on Alabama, North Florida Beaches

Scientists track "beach-fall" of tar balls along more than 99 miles of beach on the northern Gulf coast

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Photo of oil washed up along a Gulf coast beach with a heron in the foreground.

Oil has washed up along miles of Gulf coast beaches, geologists funded by NSF are finding.

Credit: Ping Wang/USF


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Map of the northern Gulf region showing beaches sampled by the research team.

Beaches sampled by the research team extend across the northern Gulf region.

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Photo of oil buried in beach sands with houses on stilts in background.

Oil has become mixed with beach sands, what scientists term "beach-fall."

Credit: Ping Wang/USF


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Photo showing a close-up view of oil buried under Gulf coast sands.

A close-up view of oil buried under Gulf coast sands.

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Photo of Ping Wang and colleagues looking beneath the surface of Gulf coast beaches for oil.

Geologists Ping Wang and colleagues look beneath the surface of Gulf coast beaches for oil.

Credit: Ping Wang/USF


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Photo of Ping Wang and research team collecting samples of oil uncovered along Gulf beaches.

Ping Wang and research team collect samples of oil they have uncovered along Gulf beaches.

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