posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 08:47 PM
I've been looking over the conditions in which oil evaporates, (and yes, it does indeed evaporate ....not necessarily the vegetable oil in your
frying pan), but crude does evaporate depending on the type it is, and it's environment. The proof that it is evaporating, no matter how slowly, is
evidenced by the fact that you can smell it...in the vapors. This is toxic enough without consideration given to the additional chemicals being used
to disperse it. The crude vapors are singularly toxic.
Another concern at this point...is... given the massive amounts of oil that are being forced into the gulf, will not some of the evaporated oil then
be introduced (by rain) into our lakes, reservoirs, and fresh water?
I don't consider myself an alarmist, but I find the thought of this alarming, and it is quite possible, after all, given the magnitude of this
I'm aware that during the evaporation process, there is a certain "purification" which takes place. Nonetheless what could occur would be akin to
an acid rain, creating issues with our fresh waters resources.
The rate of evaporation depends on the type oil, the climate it's in, the water temperature, and other factors. Apparently what is in the Gulf is a
heavier, sticky, dark colored oil, prone to slow evaporation, but evaporation nonetheless.
I will post links shortly, provided there is any interest in this topic.