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A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows


May 10, 2012

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New research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania's Douglas Jerolmack, offers an explanation for why the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn't have the environmental impact that many had feared. Using publicly available datasets, their study reveals that the force of the Mississippi River emptying into the Gulf of Mexico created mounds of fresh water that pushed the oil slick off shore. Full Story

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