Oil Spills Mean Air Pollution Too

Scientific American: Crude oil. It’s really a stew of various hydrocarbons. And when the oil started spewing into the Gulf of Mexico last year, some stew ingredients were able to take to the air—in two distinct groupings. That’s according to research published in the journal Science. Evidence for the atmospheric incursions was captured by NOAA's hurricane hunter airplane on two flights last June. The first oil trail was a three-kilometer wide downwind plume made up of the crude’s lightest hydrocarbons. They evaporated......

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