PerspectiveMARINE SCIENCE

Deepwater Horizon, 5 years on

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Science  07 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6248, pp. 592-593
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab4133

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On 20 April 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit initiated an uncontrolled release of oil and gas from the Macondo seafloor well into the Gulf of Mexico that lasted for 87 days. Documenting and tracking the ecological, environmental, and human impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil-well blowout has proved a considerable challenge. Nonetheless, valuable lessons continue to be learned, and data are revealing broad and substantial impacts on the Gulf ecosystem across a range of scales.