We know millions of gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in the BP well disaster, but now that it's stopped flowing, it's no longer as visible of a problem. Did nature take care of the problem itself? Not exactly. The Washington Post reports:

On Wednesday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco said the oil is now much less visible on the surface and present only in microscopic, dilute droplets further down. She said that was a sign that the gulf ecosystem is resilient and processing the hydrocarbons.

But she said that "doesn't mean the situation is benign, because it is not."

"There's so much noise out there now saying the gulf is dead or the gulf will come back easily," Lubchenco said. "The truth is in the middle."

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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