Why the Gulf Oil Spill Isn’t Going Away

National Geographic: Nearly five months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico (map), causing the worst oil spill in U.S. waters, BP is set to permanently cap the damaged well as soon as this week. But the discovery of widespread oil on the seafloor and studies of remnant undersea oil plumes suggests that the debate over the ecological impact and ultimate fate of the Gulf oil spill--which released an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude--is just warming up. (One barrel equals ......

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