22-mile plume discovered off BP spill site concerns scientists

22-mile plume discovered off BP spill site concerns scientists

Chicago : IL : USA | May 29, 2010 at 3:20 AM PDT
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Researchers discovered a thick, 22-mile oil plume off the BP spill site that was approaching an underwater canyon where the plume could poison the foodchain for sealife in the waters near Florida.

The plume, measuring more than 6 miles wide, is the second one reported since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

If the plume reaches the large underwater canyon, the food source for the larger organism off the coast of Florida could be exposed to toxic chemicals caught in the canyon’s currents. According to researchers, the DeSoto Canyon, which is near the Florida Panhandle, provides nutrient-rich water to shallower waters.

What scientists fear is that, if the plume remains relatively intact, it could sweep down the west coast of Florida, maybe all the way to the Keys, carrying the toxic chemicals along the way.

The first such plume detected by scientists stretched from the well southwest toward the open sea, but this new undersea oil cloud is headed miles inland into shallower waters where many fish and other species reproduce.

bobreo is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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