For 44 days the government has been scrambling to clean up and abate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as the public stands by waiting, hoping for a solution. The numbers are bleak: 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day are pouring into the gulf. Assuming a rate of 19,000 barrels a day, about 35 million gallons of oil have been spilled to date (from the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group). Researchers now believe that the oil will reach not only the Gulf Coast beaches, but East Coast beaches as far north as Cape Hatteras, NC as well.
News of the oil spill is abundant online, on TV, in newspapers. But if you are really interested in the science behind the spill check out Science magazine’s online feature: The Science of the Oil Spill. This online resource takes you inside the spill and investigates five key issues: The Fate of the Oil, Life on the Sea Floor, Marine Life, Coastal Ecosystems, and Fisheries and Food. Superbly done by a team of investigative journalists and scientists, the resource is great for the general public and university and high school class rooms.
Also online now: the June issue of SB&F. Please see the current issue section to download the issue and read feature reviews.
4 Jun 2010 7:14 AM