When will the gulf region fully recover from the oil spill?



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    It depends on what you mean by fully, but even if we had a clear picture of what that means, then it is impossible to answer your question. It is impossible to assign a date, a year to such recovery. Some would say it has largely recovered now; much more of the oil was broken down by microbes than was expected. There will probably be a few tar balls on Gulf coasts for decades (there were after the Ixtoc blowout). Given the way nature handles things, you’d probably be hard pressed to find much evidence of the 2010 incident in 20 years or so. But there will be evidence, microscopic, recorded in the rock record, forever, just as the evidence of storms that occurred hundreds of millions of years ago is recorded in the rock record.

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