Looking at the effects of Deepwater using the submersible, Alvin

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Dive and Discover : Expedition 13 : Gulf of Mexico
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Our Mission: December 6-14, 2010
On April 20, 2010, the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. The well it was drilling continued to gush oil for nearly three months, eventually causing one of the worst oil spills in history. When it was finally stopped, the well had poured millions of gallons of oil into the water.

Dive and Discover’s Expedition 13 will take you beneath the surface of the Gulf to investigate life on the bottom of the ocean and to look for signs of impact by the oil on deep-sea ecosystems. In addition to fouling beaches, threatening wildlife, and shutting down fisheries, scientists are concerned that there could also be damage to the little-known animals and the communities in the deep ocean

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Starting today we will be able to follow this expedition.It will very likely be showing us more of just what the oil did to the floor of the Gulf.

But we already know what they will find, as this ABC report details from an earlier trip in Alvin – a desert. You can read more and see what the expected life on the seafloor should look like. I the area around the blowout, the animals that could move are gone and those that could not are dead.

A final note – the White House will be featuring seafood from the Gulf this month.