Science & Space: How Gulf Spill Estimates Got It So Wrong
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How Gulf Spill Estimates Got It So Wrong
June 23, 2011—Marine oil spills are usually measured by the amount of oil floating on the surface. But the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico—from a deep-sea well required a different approach. Find out how one fluid-dynamics expert caused estimates to rise sharply practically overnight.