posted on May, 27 2011 @ 07:39 PM
reply to post by SWCCFAN
Easiest thing to do is to read the executive summary on page 9 of the thesis Dispersants for Crude Oil Spills: Dispersant Behavior Studies
Diemand and Francis. Nice piece of undergrad work! main site is www.wpi.edu if you have any problems with the scholar link.
I posted below quote from the document for consideration since the salinity issue is of immediate concern due to recent flooding . The quote from page
60 addresses the "where is the oil" issue nicely. I don't think running the paradigm with crude is going to alter the results significantly.
Unfortunately for all of us.
"...These results deviate from the expected behavior of the dispersant and are possibly an explanation to some of the observations made in the oil
contaminated waters. This leads to the belief that the dispersant may not have been formulated for appropriate use at sub sea level conditions. The
second most significant result is the affects the adjustment of salinity has on the stability of the emulsion phase, this is very telling about the
complications which may ensue when the ocean meets the Mississippi River and the salinity decreases..."
and on page 60: "...With bottom layer readings so significantly larger, it can be deduced that the majority of the emulsion is formed at the bottom
of the solution and there is minimal suspension towards the top of the experimental volume...."
On the Texas coast we're experiencing plenty of clouds, breeze and drought here and throughout the state-coming up to be the worst on record.
Hate to be unscientific, but the Gulf right now
reminds me of a child with pneumonia, defining pneumonia as an inflammation in deep
lung tissues where oxygen is absorbed into the body and
waste gases are removed. He keeps gasping but just can't catch a deep breath. It's like the Gulf can't breathe.
I subscribed to Google Scholar last year for Macondo related material. An interesting body of literature is accumulating on the web.