Texas A&M Researchers Used “Drift Cards” To Study Ocean Currents

COLLEGE STATION (April 25, 2013)--A Texas A&M University research program is using so-called “drift cards” to study ocean currents.

Those who find the biodegradable cards and report the location will be eligible to win a $25 gift card.

Piers Chapman, the head of oceanography at A&M, said the project is co-funded by oil giant BP as part of its $500 million Gulf of Mexico research initiative, which was established to study the effects of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

The yellow cards are written in English and Spanish.

About 250 drift cards were released in early April and about 40 responses have been received as of this week.

An estimated 5,000 cards will be released in the next few months.

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