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Oil is semi-volatile, which means that it can evaporate into the air and create a heavy vapor that stays near the ground -- in the human breathing zone. When winds whip up oily sea water, the spray contains tiny droplets -- basically a fume -- of oil, which are small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs. We know that's happening in the Gulf Coast, because people are reporting a heavy oily smell in the air. Already my colleagues in Louisiana are reporting that people in the coastal community of Venice, Louisiana are suffering from nausea, vomiting, headaches, and difficulty breathing.
Reference: Black Rain - Toxic fumes from Jaipur oil fire harming crops
Originally posted by masonicon
What's happen if that oils are ignited when they are in the atmosphere?
Originally posted by toolstarr
federal weather experts Thursday predicted a busy hurricane season this year, they also said hurricanes could help disperse the oil slicks plaguing the Gulf of Mexico.
They say it will help with natural biodegradtion but I agree with OP, it seems to me it would just be spread around more.
Originally posted by Kailassa
What a way to go, accumulation of toxic oil droplets blocking up the lungs.
It was bad enough the wild-life suffering this fate.
But not to worry, the rich will be outa there fast, and the poor are less important than oil coated seagulls ...in the eyes of TPTB.