Date: Wednesday, 03-February-2021, 9:19 AM | Message # 1
Researchers retrieve water samples from the Sargasso Sea. Credit: David Valentine
by Harrison Tasoff, University of California - Santa Barbara
Hydrocarbons and petroleum are almost synonymous in environmental science. After all, oil reserves account for nearly all the hydrocarbons we encounter. But the few hydrocarbons that trace their origin to biological sources may play a larger ecological role than scientists originally suspected.
A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution investigated this previously neglected area of oceanography for signs of an overlooked global cycle. They also tested how its existence might impact the ocean's response to oil spills.