BP Oil Spill:
Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing* amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.h/t to Lyle at View from North Central Idaho.
"[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.
The light crude began to deteriorate the moment it escaped at high pressure, and then it was zapped with dispersants to speed the process along. The oil that did make it to the ocean's surface was broken up by 88-degree water, baked by 100-degree sun, eaten by microbes, and whipped apart by wind and waves.
****Note that "astonishing" is the word the "journalist" used, not any of the experts quoted...