Gulf researcher: "Oil appears to be everywhere" on seafloor, a massive "kill zone" where "it looks like everything's dead" -- Degrading "very slowly" (VIDEO)


Exclusive: Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico, Though Region is Healing, Damage From BP Spill Persists on Ocean Floor, Scientists Say, ABC News, December 3, 2010:

A mile below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, there is little sign of life.

"It looks like everything's dead," University of Georgia professor Samantha Joye said. ...

The ocean floor appears to be littered with twigs, but Joye points out that they are actually dead worms and that Alvin is sitting on top of what is considered an 80-square mile kill zone. ...

Aboard the Alvin Thursday, Joye said she saw "about three to four inches of material."

The devastation, she said, could last "years or decades."

"It's still there and it's going to degrade very slowly," she said. ...

But 5,000 feet down, the oil appears to be everywhere. The government estimates that less than 25 percent of the oil remains, but these scientists say it's not gone, just settled at the bottom of the ocean. ...

She told ABC News in September that samples taken from the ocean floor consistently show oil contamination.

"We're finding it everywhere that we've looked. The oil is not gone," Joye in September. "It's in places where nobody has looked for it."

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