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Originally posted by tsurfer2000h
Here is another one that really shows some action from down below. Watch at 0:40 sec, then 2:00 min, and 3:00 its worth the viewing.
New bacteria degrades oil faster, in deep, cold water: study
WASHINGTON — A new species of bacteria found in the Gulf of Mexico degrades oil faster at deeper and colder depths than expected, scientists said Tuesday in a study that could explain how the BP oil spill has mostly disappeared.
The bacteria not only speeds up the bio-degradation of crude oil, but does it without depleting vital oxygen levels in the water, said the scientists who analyzed in May a plume of oil at a depth of 1,000-1,200 meters (3,600-4,000 feet), extending 16 kilometers (10 miles) out from the broken BP wellhead.
"Our findings, which provide the first data ever on microbial activity from a deepwater dispersed oil plume, suggest that a great potential for intrinsic bioremediation of oil plumes exists in the deep-sea," said Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division and lead author of the study.