A fortuitous combination of ravenous bacteria, ocean currents and local topography helped to...

|By:, SA News Editor

A fortuitous combination of ravenous bacteria, ocean currents and local topography helped to rapidly purge the Gulf of Mexico of much of the oil and gas released in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to a new study by the National Academy of Sciences. "There was a lot of doomsday talk" at the time, but "the ocean harbors organisms that can handle a certain amount" of pollutants.