Gallery: Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gul...

NASA image acquired May 24, 2010 On May 24, 2010, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color, high-resolution view of the very tip of the Mississippi River Delta. Ribbons and patches of oil that have leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well offshore are silver against the light blue color of the adjacent water. Vegetation is red. To learn more about this image go to: To learn more about the oil spill go to: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

Have you seen those BP commercials that talk about how the Gulf Coast is “open for business”? These ads are little more than BP-sponsored propaganda to assuage people’s fears about swimming in water contaminated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. (Spoiler: there’s still plenty of oil washing up on Gulf Coast beaches). BP seems to think that their controversial dispersants did the trick, breaking down the oil until it was no longer visible on the ocean’s surface. But a recent study of the Gulf Coast shows that naturally occurring bacteria – not the Corexit BP dumped by the airplane full – are responsible for cleaning up the majority of the spill.

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