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August 17th, 2010
11:39 AM ET

Critical ocean life threatened

University of South Florida researchers have discovered that oil from BP's 205-million gallon spill is spreading along the floor of the gulf. They say the dispersant BP used broke it up into tiny droplets and it sank to the ocean floor and now it's threatening critical marine animals that are the building blocks of the ocean's food chain. Larry McKinney, head of Texas A&M's Harte research institute for Gulf of Mexico studies, spoke with CNN's American Morning Tuesday.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Tom you raise a very valid question what are the breakdown of chemicals in layman's terms .

    August 18, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  2. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    My question is, what are the 'specific' chemical compounds (no trade names please) present in that contaminated sea water on or near the sea floor? Qualitative and quantitative analysis, before and after, would be nice. Words like 'toxicity', 'oil', et al mean nothing to me. Its whats in them that counts.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm |