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Study Identifies Ocean Processes That Drive Surface Material Clustering

October 20, 2016

(GoMRI) October 20, 2016 Scientists analyzed Gulf of Mexico model simulations to understand the flow processes that drive clustering of buoyant material such as Sargassum, oil from seeps and spills, and debris on the ocean surface. They observed similar clustering patterns from the deep ocean and continental shelf, though the processes driving clustering differed between […]

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Scientists Use Oil Spill Research to Track Pollution in Biscayne Bay

September 22, 2016

(GoMRI) September 22, 2016 It’s almost like a game of tug-of-war. There are growing numbers of residents, tourists, and industry at one end and the environment where people live, work, and play at the other. When the former increases, the latter is stressed. This scenario plays out all over the world, especially in coastal areas. […]

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Current event: Scientists study trash, pollution flow in Biscayne Bay

September 13, 2016

(Miami Herald) September 13, 2016 by Jenny Staletovich In mangroves behind Vizcaya, plastic bottles, tampon applicators and bits of styrofoam regularly get trapped in the tangle of roots as if captured in a storm drain. Out the mouth of the Miami River and across Biscayne Bay on Miami Beach, stormwater flushes human and animal wastes […]

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Rapid Response Study Characterizes Behaviors of Accidental Short-Term Oil Blowouts

August 26, 2016

(GoMRI) August 26, 2016 An interdisciplinary scientific team conducted a rapid response sampling campaign in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Hercules 265 blowout to determine if sediment and fish were polluted above established baseline levels. Surface sediments and fish bile analyses suggested that the blowout transported and deposited an increased concentration of Hercules-derived hydrocarbons […]

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