I have been following this topic with great interest.
I have education / undergrad degrees (US) in mechanical engineering and environmental science. I have nearly completely a Master's degree in Math as
But I do not work on such things as these. I can read about them and get the gist of it, but do not work in this specific field and hence can't
really come up with any ideas.
However - I did think of one today that might be something to look at. Who knows?
I do also understand why perhaps very few know what to do. Things become highly specialized and it appears this situation is without precedent.
Anyway - I am thinking of the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier which was constructed in The Netherlands. Here is some basic info:
Deltawerken / Oosterschelde storm surge barrier
In this construction, specialized equipment was built to lay down foundations on the sea floor. I don't think this was as deep as the Gulf of MX -
but - perhaps such undersea construction could generate some ideas?
If not for 'stopping' this mess - for containment?
The other idea I had was - why aren't geologists and underwater people being consulted? I keep seeing that no one knows / BP won't tell how *big*
this undersea pocket (s) of oil and gas are - well - can't that be figured some other way? What is *around* those pockets? Work 'backward' from
other data etc.
As far as plugging up the leaks - what did they dig this well with? There is this huge pressure - but what about hydraulic or pneumatic equipment?
I think a nuke is a bad idea. Might not work and too much contamination potential. Why not another type of 'blast'? Magnesium burns under water,
as does a bunch of things - if it has to be 'blown up' - why not try something else first? I can see that there needs to be something that can
overcome the press coming out.
What about the other fissures? Shut one hole and won't it just then blow out at the other weak spots?
If the sea floor does not collapse I am thinking a great area of it must be stabilized somehow.
But as I said - I don't understand much of this and even less of geology.
I suppose my point here is though - WHY aren't people looking for more creative and sane ways to fix this?
It seems to me they've just done a half assed job so far, don't know what they're doing, and thinking along too narrow of lines for solutions.
I am seeing - Geologists, Volcanologists, and undersea construction experts as those who SHOULD be working on this!