BP gusher left deep sea toxic for a time, study finds

Poisonous hydrocarbons spiked near seafloor

By Janet Raloff, 16:59 PM November 1, 2010

In the early weeks after the damaged BP well began gushing huge quantities of oil and gas, attention focused on surface slicks and tar balls. Meanwhile, some 1,100 to 1,500 meters below, a toxic brew was developing within plumes emanating from the wellhead. While finned fish and marine mammals probably steered well clear of the spewing hydrocarbons, planktonic young — larval critters and algae that ride the currents — would have been proverbial sitting ducks.

Indeed, they were probably ham...

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