Gulf Oil Spill a Slow-Motion Hurricane

n a part of the world accustomed to the annual ritual of hurricane season, anticipating the landfall of oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform that sank in the Gulf of Mexico April 22 has an eerie familiarity.

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“We literally have just about a worst-case scenario,” says ecotoxicologist Ron Kendall, who directs the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Occurring in spring, the new spill coincides with the time Gulf species are spawning or giving birth, he points out.

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