Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia is on a 2-week research cruise to study the deepwater plumes from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. The research vessel Walton Smith left port on Wednesday. From its great blog:
Around 16:00, we spotted the top of the plume at about 800m water depth. Everyone got pretty excited. But, little did we know that we'd soon be even more excited! The plume had not only moved North but it was somewhat different than it was two weeks ago during the Pelican cruise.
The plume was located between 800m and 1300m in the water column and there appeared to be three distinct layers.