The Anatomy of an Oil Spill: Smithsonian Releases New Oil Spill Science in the Gulf Infographic

Infographic screen shotVisitors to the Smithsonian Ocean Portal now have the opportunity to learn more about oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon. Using a new interactive tool, they can learn about cleanup efforts, dispersants, where the oil went, seafood safety, and the impacts on the Gulf. 

The Portal team, in partnership with scientists funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), developed an interactive infographic, The Anatomy of an Oil Spill: Science from the Gulf of Mexico, to visualize the oil spill and describe the research underway in the Gulf.

Visitors can follow a story line from the beginning of the spill to the present, exploring the event and its impacts using information provided by GoMRI research findings.  

Explore this informative resource and see other GoMRI-related content on the Portal here.


GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

This research was made possible by grants from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The GoMRI is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies.  An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research.  All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available.  The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP.  For more information, visit

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