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At Least 200,000 Tons of Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill Consumed by Gulf Bacteria

Science Daily -- -- Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M University have found that, over a period of five months following the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, naturally-occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the deep Gulf from the ruptured well head.

The researchers analyzed an extensive data set to determine not only how much oil and gas was eaten by bacteria, but also how the characteristics of this feast changed with time.

"A significant amount of the oil and gas that was released was retained within the ocean water more than one-half mile below the sea surface. It appears that the hydrocarbon-eating bacteria did a good job of removing the majority of the mater


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MadTraveler
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 6:11:59 AM

At Least 200,000 Tons of Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill Consumed by Gulf Bacteria? Those are some Hungry little Bacteria buggers! There are numerous seeps and springs of underground oil into the worlds oceans all the time, bacteria have evolved to eat and consume that past organic matter. There is a lot more oil to go so get busy guys! Less oil in the water and the fish and shrimp can return to normal and have eyes and fins again, no more weird deformations.
Nature can right man’s wrongs and make it all good again!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 5:30:19 AM

Mother Nature tries to heal itself
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:34:30 AM

Great.....
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:15:54 PM

Fascinating. Very fascinating.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:13:58 PM

Old News
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:11:27 PM

I wish someone would come up with a bacteria that would consume 200,000 tons of political crap that I see on TV daily.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:09:05 PM

It is good to know that recover is partly accomplished by nature.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:04:25 PM

>>Ahking, maybe not so good. the process removes oxygen from the ocean so may have reduced the populations of other sea creatures...<<

So how much Oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico has been removed from the increased use of fertilizer from farmers planting corn to help with the ethanol mandate?
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 11:02:34 PM

Not to much consumed.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:57:34 PM

...and those bacteria are ready to melt and envelope any organism that goes swimming from the beaches on the GOM. How nice is THAT?

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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:56:21 PM

Science fiction
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:50:27 PM

How many miles to the gallon do bacteria get?
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:49:35 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:47:13 PM

nature at it's best...
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:46:32 PM

They are fat and happy bacteria
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:46:11 PM

Well said Ferdman17
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:45:15 PM

That's good
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:44:13 PM

God always provides a way
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:41:38 PM

That's amazing!
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:40:15 PM

Let's not rely on the bacteria to keep the Gulf clean!
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:36:27 PM

Yea, so no they WILL NOT worry about spills anymore because NATURE will fix it.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:34:17 PM

ok
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Send them to Washington and let them eat.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:31:50 PM

Good job by the hydrocarbon-eating bacteria...
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Sounds good...
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:27:03 PM

Tastes like chicken?
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:25:14 PM

Too bad on so many levels.
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Don't care!
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:23:54 PM

Amazing - nature has a way to protect itself from us humans
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:20:43 PM

I hate to think what happens when these bacteria puke out the oil they sucked up!
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:18:19 PM

Nature at work.
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so
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:16:54 PM

maybe not so good. the process removes oxygen from the ocean so may have reduced the populations of other sea creatures.

It also releases co2 into the air. more global warming.

so don't be so happy.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:16:44 PM


Yummy.

It is not just bacteria that are gobbling up the toxic oil.

The Gulf Of Mexico is prime fishing and breeding grounds.

Not only are sea creatures consuming the oil & dispersants, they are actually swimming in it :0|

Google Bioaccumulation & Biomagnification to learn how pollutants accumulate and become more concentrated as they move up the food chain.
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We should round up all these free-loading bacteria and burn them for fuel.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:15:36 PM

Remember the First Iraq war when Saddam set fire to all the oil wells in Kuwait, the news media said it might be a century before the environment recovered. It was a matter of a few years. Nature is more powerful than mankind.
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Excellent, so let's get back to drilling out there.
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okay
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Need to send some of these bad guys to DC and see if they can clean up the mess. Elected officials spend to much time trying to get elected to do the job they were sent to take care of.
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Interesting article...
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It's all about the numbers!
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Who says bacteria is bad for you?
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that is really cool!
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To some degree the earth has always found a way to take care of itself. I'm glad to see that in this case
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Great
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They are drilling to deep to hard to repair.
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Nature repairing the Earth.

Neat.
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good
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good?
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