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  •  How is the DSL (Deep Scattering Layer) doing? (5+ / 0-)

    I shudder to think how much damage has been done by a fundamental base of the Gulf ecosystem.  Not just inshore species, but pelagics use the resource of the DSL.  And, if hydrocarbon plumes and damage from Corexit has persisted, we are in deep trouble.

    If you see the world in terms of Left & Right, you really aren’t seeing the world at all . . . Barry Ritholtz.

    by Fossil on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:25:09 PM PDT

    •  Baseline Gulf studies before the BP horror show (5+ / 0-)
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      DawnN, shanesnana, Fossil, rubyr, Lorinda Pike

      were nearly nonexistent. The National Science Foundation was the only source of funding right after the spill. They used the paltry sums they had available to divvy up between some world class scientists and institutions. They did amazing work but it was far too little. Funding for even the BP-tainted National Resource Damage Assessment is only coming in trickles.

      In short, I doubt if we will ever have rock-solid evidence about the effect BP's black monster had, and continues to have, on the environment. One thing top-quality, independent scientists seem to agree upon is that they won't have much in the way of any meaningful answers about long-term effects for years. Even short term, there is precious little good news.

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