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Studying what happens to gas and oil in natural underwater seeps

Zak Long

People make an observation, give it a simple three-letter word -- oil -- but actually understanding what that stuff is, people don't know. David Valentine, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, studies it's composition at his research site off the California coast at Shane seep. "Where I got interested and remain interested is we still don't know the full composition of oil, we don't know what all these different compounds are that make up oil."

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  • Jelena Woehr

    Is this valid for moving freshwater as well? We recently had oil spills in Colorado rivers and creeks due to flooding. :(

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really cool that he's trying to understand the chemical makeup of oil. Is that how he's figuring out how it interacts with water?