Science: UCSB and Texas A&M scientists find Gulf methane concentrations back to near-normal levels (» WSJ News video)

January 6, 2011

Researchers from UCSB and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near-normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Findings from the research study, led by oceanographers John Kessler of Texas A&M and David Valentine, a professor in the Department of Earth Science at UCSB, were published in Science Xpress. The findings show that Mother Nature quickly saw to the removal of more than 200,000 metric tons of dissolved methane through the action of bacteria blooms that completely consumed immense gas plumes. READ MORE

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