A 22-Mile Plume of Oil Has Gone Missing in the Gulf


After reports earlier this month that the oil spill was essentially under control, it appears things may not be quite so rosy. Scientists reported Thursday that a 22-mile-long “invisible mist” of oil is hiding somewhere far below the surface of the Gulf, where it will likely linger for “months or more.” The researchers identified the 1.2-mile-wide plume about 3,000 feet below the surface in June, but aren’t sure where it went after Hurricane Alex (so hard to keep track of all those 22-mile-long plumes traipsing about!). Because they’re not sure how toxic this evasive mist is, the severity of its threat to wildlife is unclear. Also troublesome: This plume is breaking down at an extremely slow pace, which could make the damage more drastic.

Major study charts long-lasting oil plume in Gulf [AP via Miami Herald]