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Response to Comment on “A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico”

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Science  27 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6033, pp. 1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.1203428

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We hypothesized that methane from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was quantitatively consumed and presented results from four tests supporting this finding. Subsequent published studies provide further support for our conclusions. We refute the criticisms by Joye et al., which are incorrect, internally contradictory, based on flow-rate estimates that exceed consensus values, and overall do not disprove our hypothesis or invalidate its underlying assumptions.

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