A little more than a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon exploded, spilling 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That much oil is hard to wrap your head around. It's obviously enough to power your car for an astronomical number of trips to the store, but how much oil is it really? This video explains exactly what we could have used that oil for, instead of killing pelicans and dolphins:
Bacteria have been rapidly eating a long undersea plume of oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and his team published their research on these bacteria in the journal "Science."