Gulf Oil Spill Leaves 'Bathtub Ring' the Size of Rhode Island on Seafloor
New research shows the BP oil spill caused by the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig left a "bathtub ring" of oil on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor about the size of Rhode Island. An estimated 10 million gallons of oil is coagulated on the site causing the residual ring. Scientists say it is similar to the ring left around the spill from the Macondo well. Oil levels inside the ring were 10,000 times higher than outside the 1,200-square-mile ring. The BP rig blew in April 2010, spewing 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
By Jordan Moses
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