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Since BP capped the renegade Macondo well at the center of the Gulf oil disaster 12 days ago, the oil slick has shrunk to about 10,000 square miles from 80,000 square miles in just a matter of weeks.
The reduction has amazed scientists who are tracking the spill and raised many questions about where all the oil has gone. An 800-vessel skimming fleet that weeks ago pulled in 25,000 barrels of oil a day could barely find 50 barrels a day late last week. That means much of the up to 3 million barrels suspected to be remaining in the Gulf has largely gone off the radar.
how much oil is still in the Gulf?
Between 70 and 79 percent, according to members of the University’s Sea Grant program.
He said the loop current, which would take oil up the east coast, was still blocked by another current, so oil coming to the Georgia coast does not seem likely at this point in time.