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Image : WHOI Science Mission to Study Deepwater Horizon Spill Using Mass Spectrometry and AUV Sentry

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The samples collected during the expedition will help WHOI chemist Ben Van Mooy piece together how much of the oil is being eaten by microbes and the role nutrients play in microbes's ability to break down oil. Microbes “need nutrients from the water to grow and degrade the oil,” he says.
(Photo by Frank Bahr, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Last updated: May 24, 2011
 


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