Chemical data quantify Deepwater Horizon hydrocarbon flow rate and environmental distribution.

  title={Chemical data quantify Deepwater Horizon hydrocarbon flow rate and environmental distribution.},
  author={Thomas B Ryerson and Richard Camilli and John D Kessler and Elizabeth B Kujawinski and Christopher M. Reddy and David L Valentine and E Atlas and Donald Ray Blake and Joost A de Gouw and Simone Meinardi and David D. Parrish and Jeff Peischl and Jeffrey S. Seewald and Carsten Warneke},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 50},
Detailed airborne, surface, and subsurface chemical measurements, primarily obtained in May and June 2010, are used to quantify initial hydrocarbon compositions along different transport pathways (i.e., in deep subsurface plumes, in the initial surface slick, and in the atmosphere) during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Atmospheric measurements are consistent with a limited area of surfacing oil, with implications for leaked hydrocarbon mass transport and oil drop size distributions. The… CONTINUE READING
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