Science Saturday–Oil Spill Edition

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Birds are already starting to turn up covered in oil. National Geographic has some early photos.

In what will come as a surprise to almost no one, it’s being reported that BP had almost no plan in place to respond to a major spill.

It’s too early to tell just what kind of impact this will have on Louisiana’s wetlands.

Wired Science is using satellite photos to track the slick.

Worst of all, no one knows how to cap the well.


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →