Posted: Aug 19, 2010 2:51 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists are reporting the first conclusive
evidence of a deep underwater oil plume from the BP spill in the
Gulf of Mexico. But don't go looking for it. It's invisible.
A team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in
Massachusetts mapped a 22-mile-long mist of oil with special
instruments that look for the chemical signature of oil. Scientists
say the most troubling thing is that it's not degrading very fast.
That means it could be a long-lasting threat for marine life deep
in the ocean.
The work is published online Thursday in the journal Science.