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Software Developed by Berkeley Lab Computational Researchers Provides Insights about Pollutant Transport near Deepwater Horizon Site

In April 2010, an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig caused about 53,000 barrels of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico every day for nearly three months. At the time, several computer models predicted that ocean currents would eventually carry this oil thousands of miles across the Atlantic seaboard – a scenario that could devastate economies and ecosystems across the Eastern United States.

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