Research vessel: Clear water from invisible plume has ‘oil sheen’ and smells ‘strongly of petroleum’

By Samantha Joye, published May 31, 2010 at 12:38am:

The main plume extends from about 1100m to 1300m in the water column. ...

When the water collected from within the plume was transferred into collection bottles, we noticed an oil sheen.  You could see it.  Everybody saw it.  Everybody got excited.  Seeing is believing.  Even more, the bottles from the plume layers smelled strongly of petroleum.  The bottles from above and below the plume did not. ...

Seeing oil in this quantity from plume filters is convincing evidence that the deep waters do in fact contain oil.  The smell of petroleum is strong in waters from this layer.

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