Will The Gulf Ever Be Oil-Free?
No. But bacteria ate most of BP's spilled oil months ago.
Look at a Magnum Photos gallery on the BP oil spill.
And, although the oil mostly disappeared several months ago, an untold number of fish, aquatic mammals, and birds died in the disaster. It will probably take generations before their populations return to pre-spill levels. If only mammals could reproduce like bacteria.
The Lantern thanks Terry Hazen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Joe Lepo of the University of West Florida.