The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Two Years Later
Oiled Seaweed after the Gulf Oil Spill
CREDIT: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Marshes Recover from Oil
After the oil spill, brown oil flooded marshes in the Mississippi Delta, shown here. But now, to the surprise of many scientists, the salt marshes and plants along the edge of the Gulf of Mexico are relatively free of oil.
“Like everybody else, I had visions of just gobs and gobs of oil smothering thousands of acres of salt marsh,” says James Morris, who studies marshland plants at the University of South Carolina. “But that didn’t really happen.”
Pelicans Return to Roost
Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, brown pelicans roost on a mangrove island at the spill's "ground zero," said James Morris of the University of South Carolina. "The impact to this island was great. The recovery is impressive."
Read more about ongoing research at the oil spill's two-year anniversary on the blog.