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Press Release 09-097

Scientists Document Fate of Oil Slicks from Natural Seeps

Reveal "life story" of oil off Coal Oil Point, California

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Photo of petroleum seeps off Coal Oil Point, California.

Scientists have documented the fate of oil from petroleum seeps off Coal Oil Point, California.

Credit: David Valentine, UCSB


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Photo of seeping oil and methane floating on the ocean's surface off Coal Oil Point.

Seeping oil and methane floats on the ocean's surface off Coal Oil Point.

Credit: David Valentine, UCSB


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Photo of sea-floor tar and methane gas covered with white sulfide- and methane-eating microbes.

Sea-floor tar and methane gas are covered with white sulfide- and methane-eating microbes.

Credit: David Valentine, UCSB


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