Once oil crosses continental shelf, likely to “affect Florida’s west coast as far south as the Keys”


Florida Keys dodging threat from oil spill, Miami Herald, June 22, 2010:

The more oil pushed into the shallower waters off the continental shelf, the more that is likely to stay closer to shore and potentially affect Florida's west coast as far south as the Keys.

There's also the possibility that seasonal upwelling of deep cold water from the Gulf could push some of those still poorly understood underwater plumes toward the continental shelf. ...

So far, the extensive monitoring over the past few weeks has found no "recoverable" oil from the blowout in the loop current or the eddy.

For more information on what happens once oil crosses over the continental shelf into Florida's shallow waters, see:

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