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Press Release 11-143

Chemical Make-up of Gulf of Mexico Plume Determined

Fluid sample collected directly from broken riser at Macondo well

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Image of manipulator arm of a robotic vehicle (upper right) moving a sampler toward hot oil and gas.

The manipulator arm of a robotic vehicle (upper right) moves a sampler toward hot oil and gas.

Credit: Oceaneering


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Image of an isobaric gas-tight sampler which sips fluids jetting into the sea through a snorkel.

The Isobaric Gas-tight sampler sips fluids jetting into the sea through a straw-like snorkel.

Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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Image of Sean Sylva (left) and Jeff Seewald extracting a sample.

Scientists Sean Sylva (left), Jeff Seewald extract a sample and collect its oil, gas components.

Credit: Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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Image of two people preparing the Gulf sample to take to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The U.S. Coast Guard escorted Gulf samples to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Credit: Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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Graph of oil to gas ratio versus daily oil collected (bottom) and date (top).

The oil-to-gas ratio is a critical variable for calculating the flow rate from the undersea pipe.

Credit: Chris Reddy et al. PNAS


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Profiles of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and total xylenes collected from the Macondo well.

Profiles of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and total xylenes collected from the Macondo well.

Credit: Chris Reddy et al. PNAS


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