Oobleck has some novel physical properties. When it's moved slowly, it acts smooth and runny, like a liquid. But move it quickly and forcefully, and it locks up, becoming almost solid.
This image, from a video feed from a remote submarine, shows BP's Macondo well leaking natural gas on May 12, 2010. A new study concludes that the vast quantity of methane gas that spewed from the well in the Gulf of Mexico was rapidly eaten by bacteria.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico last April. An excerpt of a presidential commission's probe into the rig explosion says risky decisions contributed to the disaster.
Attorney General Eric Holder announces a civil lawsuit against BP and eight others in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the Gulf oil spill. At right is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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Oysterman Mitch Jurisich steers a small boat around his family's oyster beds off the coast of Empire, La. He hasn't harvested many oysters since oil from the BP spill drifted into the area in June.
Fred Bartlit Jr., chief investigator of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, at the public hearing in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
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Bayou Bienvenue in New Orleans is an example of south Louisiana’s wetland loss. Fifty years ago, this was a productive freshwater marsh with cypress and tupelo trees. Today, stumps are all that remain, as saltwater has encroached inland.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen testifies Monday before the commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Though Allen was the government's leader of the spill response, he acknowledged it was not always clear to the public who was in charge.
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