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The Loop: Stories from the Gulf

Series produced by David Levin

Caption: Sunset over the Gulf, Credit: David Levin
Image by: David Levin 
Sunset over the Gulf 

The Loop is an audio series about the mud, microbes, and mammals in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Since the spill, many researchers are focusing their attention on the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to find out how the region's ecosystem was affected by the disaster. They've been working to discover what happened to the oil chemically and physically, and learn about its impact on life in and around the Gulf. What those researchers discover could change the way we deal with future spills, and could help protect the Gulf and its inhabitants the next time disaster strikes.

In this series, follow along with us as we dive headlong into that research.


4 Pieces

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Caption: Modeling an entire ecosystem is so complex, it needs this supercomputing center at the University of South Florida to handle all of the data involved., Credit: Brian Smith
A team of researchers from the University of South Florida is building a virtual version of the entire Gulf ecosystem inside a computer. Why? Find ...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2013
  • Length: 06:45
Caption: The fate of tiny phytoplankton, like these pictured above, can have a major impact on the rest of the food chain., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, we’re taking a look at the little guys: the tiny plants and animals at the bottom of the Gulf’s food chain. Even though they’re mi...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2013
  • Length: 07:12
Caption: Researcher Patrick Schwing prepares a multicore sampler aboard the R/V Weatherbird II., Credit: David Levin
Years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the fish in the Gulf of Mexico—in fact, the whole ecosystem out there—is still feeling its effects. Ho...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2013
  • Length: 09:15
Caption: Researchers prepare to take samples of the ocean floor using a multicore device.
Biologist Steve Murawski is leading a new team of researchers trying to figure out the long-term impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill—not just on ...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2013
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