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UC scientist floats idea on calculating gulf oil slick's size

May 23, 2010 3:14:00 AM - latimes.com
The spewing oil is dense with methane gas that dissolves in water and can be measured empirically, from which the volume of oil could be derived, UC Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine says in the journal Nature.

A Santa Barbara scientist has proposed computing the size of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but by measuring its cousin, natural gas, which is spewing into the gulf along with it.

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