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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