Petroleum hydrocarbons buried in sandy beaches are protected from tides and UV light and, thus, may persist longer in the environment than oil on the beach surface.
A Florida State University researcher and his team have developed a comprehensive analysis of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and determined how much of it occurs naturally and how much came from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
Nine teams from Florida and Alabama will test homemade robotic creations and their own mettle in the second annual Deep-C ROV competition.
In late February, a team of 25 future scientists went on a beachcombing expedition like no other.
With buckets and shovels in hand, scientists have collected and are analyzing oil found in the sediments of Gulf coast beaches.