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Natural Petroleum Seeps Release Equivalent of Eight to 80 Exxon Valdez Oil Spills

May 13, 2009

illustration of route traveled by oil A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the first to quantify the amount of oil residue in seafloor sediments that result from natural petroleum seeps off Santa Barbara, Calif. Full Story

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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