Marine snow formation in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

  title={Marine snow formation in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico},
  author={Uta Passow and Kai Ziervogel and Vernon L. Asper and Arne R Diercks},
The large marine snow formation event observed in oil-contaminated surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) after the Deepwater Horizon accident possibly played a key role in the fate of the surface oil. We characterized the unusually large and mucus-rich marine snow that formed and conducted roller table experiments to investigate their formation mechanisms. Once marine snow lost its buoyancy, its sinking velocity, porosity and excess density were then similar to those of diatom or… CONTINUE READING
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