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Image : While Oil Gently Seeps from the Seafloor

Two-dimensional gas chromatograms show how many compounds were in the oil at the ocean surface (top) and how few compounds remain in the sediments (bottom) after parts of the oil dissolved into the water, evaporated into the air, or were degraded by microbes. (Chromatogram by Bob Nelson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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