The effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill tragedy

April 19, 2011 | Environment
Deepwater Horizon: the beautiful effect of the oil spill

Nearly one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, killing 11 people and starting the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, life goes on with many adjustments in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 86-day Deepwater Horizon gusher sent nearly 200 million gallons of oil, tens of millions of gallons of natural gas and 1.8 million gallons of poorly studied chemical dispersants into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A massive environmental-crime investigation spearheaded by federal and Gulf state officials is currently underway to tally the harm and has logged tens of thousands of samples from the Gulf’s waters, seafloor, marshlands, beaches and wildlife.

Meanwhile, 50 Surfrider Florida chapter activists paddled off St. Petersburg beach with a dozen roses in hand to mark the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The roses represented each of the rig workers who died in the explosion, while the final rose symbolized all of the marine life that has passed away as a result of the tragic spill.

As the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, some scientists have deemed the health of the Gulf of Mexico as "nearly back to normal," though countless workers involved in cleaning up the disaster are reporting mysterious and unexplained illnesses.

  • A sun dog, or sundog, is a natural optical phenomenon consisting of one or two colored luminous spots appearing on either side of the Sun.
  • Every year, nonprofit environmental organization Heal the Bay assigns A-to-F letter grades to beaches along the California coast.
  • A heat wave, or heatwave, is a period of two or more consecutive days with apparent temperatures exceeding 105°F to 110°F (40°C to 43°C) on National Weather Service's Heat Index.
  • Have you ever wondered how a beach is formed? The formation of sand strips is a long process that involves minerals, water, wind, waves, and tides.

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