Push from Mississippi kept Deepwater Horizon oil slick off shore

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Push from Mississippi kept Deepwater Horizon oil slick off shore

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:50 PM PDT

Geoscientists offer an explanation for why the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t have the environmental impact that many had feared. Using publicly available datasets, their study reveals that the force of the Mississippi River emptying into the Gulf of Mexico created mounds of freshwater which pushed the oil slick off shore.

Live fast, die young: Urban plants are more closely related and live shorter lives than plants in the countryside

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:53 AM PDT

Cities in both, the US and Europe harbor more plant species than rural areas. However, plant species of urban areas are more closely related to each other and often share similar functions. Consequently, urban ecosystems should be more sensitive towards environmental impacts than rural ecosystems.
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