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Image : Natural Petroleum Seeps Release Equivalent of 8-80 Exxon Valdez Oil Spills

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Two-dimensional gas chromatographs show how many compounds were in the oil floating on the sea surface (top) and how few compounds remain in the sediments after weathering -- dissolving into the water, evaporating into the air, or being degraded by microbes (bottom). (Bob Nelson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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