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In April 2010 millions of gallons of oil began spewing from the Macondo wellhead after a tragic explosion that killed 11 rig workers and injured others.
Two years after being covered in an oil substance, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, deep-sea corals were colonized by hydroids and their branches began to break off.
These cells are from a pygmy sperm whale in a laboratory culture dish. The red dyed cell are forming into fat cells after exposure to endocrine disruptors. GoMRI researchers are looking to see if oil...
Researchers are looking at the toxic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on killifish in the Gulf of Mexico. They used RNA sequencing to determine which genes might have been altered due to...
This trench was dug on a Pensacola beach by researchers shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They found layers of weathered oil that were further analyzed to better understand the various...
A deep sea crab ( Rochinia crassa ) poses with sea fan ( Callogorgia spp. ) and coral ( Lophelia pertusa ) on large carbonate boulder.
There can be catastrophic results when a large amount of oil is spilled into the ocean—as when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. But did you know that...
Graduate students Danielle Young from Temple University and Dannise Ruiz from Penn State preparing oil and dispersant solutions for exposure experiments with deep sea corals aboard the exploration...
After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2012, researchers researchers installed PVC poles in the water to mark the edge of the marshes in the area allowing them to monitor erosion rates over time ...
Researchers with the DROPPS consortium are conducting experiments using high-speed imagery that capture the effects of dispersants on interfacial phenomena as shown in this image of a rain drop as it...
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was formed as a 10-year independent research program with money provided by BP to fund an independent research program looking at the impacts of the...
This poster was displayed by the GoMRI -funded group the Gulf Integrated Spill Research Consortium (GISR) in Gulf states where they hoped residents would come across some of their drift cards. The...
What happened to marshes in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010? GoMRI researchers have found that certain species have recovered to pre-spill population levels. Good...
Purple octocoral at ECOGIG study site.
These tiny shells are the foraminifera Globobulimina affinis , found on the seafloor throughout the Atlantic Ocean. What makes this foram noteworthy is that it can survive where other forams can't:...
This small drone helped scientists follow a trail of pink dye tracking water movement below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico. Along with pre-placed underwater sensors, a helicopter, and a kite...
By Emily Frost When oil spills in the ocean, slicks are the center of media attention because they do so much immediate harm to wildlife. Oil floating at the surface can harm fish, kill birds,...
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