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  • Research Vessel

    Just over the side of the F.G. Walton Smith Research Vessel, the Gulf of Mexico water shines a little brighter than it should in some places because of a layer of oil slipping by. The vessel is collecting information on the oil spill two miles from "ground zero," where the oil is spewing from the broken well at the bottom of the ocean.
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  • Research Vessel

    In other places, the oil takes on an ominous brownish, copper tint, a stark contrast to the clear blue water it's invading.
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  • Research Vessel

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  • Research Vessel

    An explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. A search effort failed to find 11 missing oil rig workers. They were never found.
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  • Research Vessel

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced June 1, 1010, that the federal government launched criminal and civil investigations into the explosion that caused the oil spill. In addition to the estimated millions of gallons that have leaked into the ocean, the explosion killed 11 rig workers.
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    A researcher aboard the Walton Smith Research Vessel explains some of the scientists' equipment to "Good Morning America" anchor Sam Champion.
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  • Research Vessel

    As part of the cleanup strategy, vessels are setting the oil on fire, igniting the surface of the ocean and sending huge clouds of smoke miles into the sky.
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  • Research Vessel

    The Walton Smith Research Vessel, pictured here, is attempting to identify the source of several large plumes of oil under the water's surface. One of the researchers aboard the Walton Smith, Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia, told ABC News they're on the track of a plume that's at least four miles long and a mile wide.
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