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Report to detail dangers of underwater oil plumes

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLX) - University of South Florida scientists are planning to talk about their discovery of large underwater plumes discovered during a recent research trip to the massive oil spill from a blown-out underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico.

UPDATE, MON 5 PM: Researchers from USF's College of Marine Science said Friday that lab tests confirmed the presence of dissolved oil in massive deep water plumes initially discovered by sonar and other technology aboard the research vessel Weatherbird II.

Scientists plan to discuss the plumes Tuesday.

BP PLC denies that much oil has accumulated out of sight in the depths. A BP rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and rupturing the wellhead a mile below the surface. Millions of gallons of oil have been rising to the surface and spreading out across the sea.

Previously: University of South Florida scientists plan to release a full report detailing the dangers and damage underwater oil plumes will bring to our shores.

Scientists spent more than a week taking water samples from different depths across the Gulf.

The plumes are made up of microscopic droplets so tiny, the water around them appears clear. "You have crude -- a form of oil, hydrocarbon -- that is lighter than water. So most of it will float because you have a continuous supply at the bottom of the ocean," said a spokesperson for the team.

BP hasn't commented on the latest finding, but, in the past, it has doubted the existence of oil plumes.

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