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Tracking the next oil spill to curb the damage

Northwestern University :: Medill Reports
by Monika Wnuk

The spill pours 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf and it begins a relentless rush to the shore, where scientists follow it as it disrupts ecosystems, wildlife habitats and the beaches that sustain coastal economies.

Luckily this event is only a model and meant to mitigate the devastation caused by large oil spills, should one happen again.

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which leaked an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in three months, still haunts many places. But scientists are already preparing for the next event with models.

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