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News Release 14-143

Where did the Deepwater Horizon oil go? To Davy Jones' Locker at the bottom of the sea

New analysis traces oil to its resting place on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor

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ships putting out fire after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico more than four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Map of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, with sampling sites in the study

Map of the Northern Gulf of Mexico with sampling sites in the study. Hotter colors equal more oil.

Credit: David Valentine et al.


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photo of oil on water from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil is likely at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

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image of sea floor bathymetry of the study area of the Deepwater Horizon spill

Hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon spill overlaid on sea floor bathymetry of the study area.

Credit: David Valentine et al.


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Boats on water with oil on the ground in the Gulf of Mexico

Two million barrels of oil are submerged on the sea-floor of the Gulf.

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Dark clouds of smoke emerge as a controlled burn of spilled oil takes place on the ocean surface.

Dark clouds of smoke emerge as a controlled burn of spilled oil takes place on the surface.

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