Huge natural oil seep found in N. Atlantic

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Abstract

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported the discovery of an oil-rich layer of water hundreds of miles long, hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the southwestern North Atlantic, estimated to contain at least a million tons of crude oil apparently from a natural oil-seep in the ocean floor.

While the oil is too dispersed to be recovered for energy uses, the discovery could force drastic revisions in estimates of how much oil is naturally present in the sea. The oil layer appears to contain nearly twice the amount used by many scientists—0.6 million tons—to describe the amount of oil annually leaked into the global ocean from all natural sources.