Gulf of Mexico

Dispersant Discussion

Nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants have been used in the Gulf of Mexico to break up the gushing oil. This is the first time they have been used below the ocean surface, as much as a mile deep at the broken well. Many of the country's leading

NOAA Signed Off on Gulf Drilling Plans

In 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, charged with protecting marine life, approved the federal offshore drilling plans for the Gulf of Mexico that would lead to BP's disastrous oil spill.

The Need for Seaweed

Sargassum seaweed is a critically important habitat for hundreds of marine species. The plant originates in the Gulf of Mexico and is carried by ocean currents to the Sargasso Sea off the East Coast. Scientists are concerned that oil in the Gulf is killin

Lake of Significance

Recent findings show that tar balls from the Gulf of Mexico have reached Lake Pontchartrain ?a lake that has great cultural and ecological significance for the city of New Orleans.

Whale Sharks in the Gulf

Despite their enormous size, whale sharks eat by filter feeding the water for plankton. In the Gulf of Mexico, their method of feeding may make the whale shark particularly vulnerable to the oil.

The Smallest Clean Up Crew

The search is on for the best way to remove oil from the Gulf of Mexico. Bacteria that live in the ocean are effective at clean-up, but some companies are developing "super bacteria" to try to speed up the process.

Biggest Brains in Biggest Danger

The amazing sperm whale ?with the biggest brain, loudest sound and deepest dives in the animal kingdom ?are at serious risk from the oil in the Gulf. They're the only endangered marine mammals in the Gulf, and scientists say just a few deaths could put th

How to Describe the Disaster?

Despite the images, the media has so far failed to produce a word or phrase to adequately describe the oil pouring into the Gulf. LOE tracks the flow of words that try to capture the disaster  ? and invites your suggestions for le mot juste.

The Ixtoc Precedent

Thirty-one years ago, the Ixtoc well in Mexico's Bay of Campeche blew out, gushing more than three million barrels of oil into the Gulf.