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Jun 30, 2010 1:06 PM by Melissa Canone

Loop Current Studied To See If It Will Bring Oil Around Florida & Up Atlantic Coast

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Government scientists are on their way
to study the Gulf of Mexico's loop current to see if it will bring
oil around the tip of Florida and up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Nancy
Foster began a two-week survey Wednesday in the eastern Gulf and
the Florida Straits.
Mission chief scientist Ryan Smith says the researchers are
trying to determine what's happening in the currents that may trap
some of the oil and carry it far away from the blown-out BP well.
The team will collect samples of water and marine life at
different depths. They're also looking for oil, dispersants and tar
balls in the water column.
So far, between 70.8 million gallons and 137.6 million of oil
have spewed into the Gulf, according to government and BP
estimates.

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