Massive undersea oil plume heading “toward an underwater canyon whose currents would ferry it straight to Florida’s West Coast”


Scientists: Subsurface oil from Gulf gusher may be heading toward Florida coast, Palm Beach Post, May 29, 2010:

An underwater canyon whose currents would ferry [the plume] straight to Florida's West Coast. The plume [is] 22 miles long and more than 6 miles wide...

But if it enters the DeSoto Canyon, it might spread droplets of oil throughout the ecosystem of West Florida's waters...

[DeSoto Canyon off the Florida Panhandle sends nutrient-rich water from the deep sea up to shallower waters.

The plume was detected just beneath the surface of the Gulf, down to about 3,300 feet... Hollander said the team detected the thickest amount of hydrocarbons, likely from the oil spewing from the blown out well, at about 1,300 feet...

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