To those who think it impossible that this Oil Volcano could cover the Earth's oceans with a thick layer of hydrocarbons:
THE OP believes that some posters to this thread, posted incorrect numerical data.
What follows are the OP's calculations. If they are materially wrong, please post corrections and explain all discrepancies. Some rounding between
computations was used but did not effect the material message of the results. Thank you.
Let’s begin by computing the volume of fluid needed to cover the present ocean to a depth of 10 feet, as this was the number talked about in this
thread. [For simplicity sake, we are going to ignore the fact that rasing the ocean will change the shorelines.]
According to the WorldAtlas:
The surface area of all the Oceans is 335,258,000 sq km (129,443,837 sq miles)
First, we must convert 10 feet into miles: The thickness of our volume is (10 feet/5120 feet per mile) = 0.001953125 miles thick.
Second, we multiply the thickness by the surface area to compute the needed volume:
0.001953125 miles thick TIMES 129,443,837 sq miles.= 252,819 cubic miles
ANSWER: Needed Volume is 252,819 cubic miles.
Next, our presumption given was that a sea of abiotic oil ran from Utah to Venezuela. According to a distance calculator, the distance from Logan,
Utah to Caracas, Venezuela is 3461 miles. We will call this the length of our abiotic sea.
Next, we will pick a number out of the hat and presume that this sea is 20% as wide as it is long. That would give us a width of (3461 * .20) = 692
Note: That the surface area of this abiotic sea would be 3461*692= 2,395,012 sq. miles
So the question is HOW DEEP would this abiotic sea have to be to cover the current surface area of the ocean to a depth of ten feet high?
The answer is 252,819 cubic miles DIVIDED BY 2,395,012 sq. miles = 0.105 miles deep
Or to express in feet, (5120 TIMES 0.015) = 537 feet deep.
If you can imagine the possibility of an abiotic sea, stretching from Venezuela to Utah that is 20% as wide as it is long, and is a mere 537 feet
deep. Then you should understand that this volume of abiotic fluid would cover the Earth’s present day ocean surface area to a thickness of ten
All considerations for the effects of shifting shorelines, and the exact dimensions of the abiotic sea, become meaningless when you realize that it
would only take a layer of oil 1" thick on all the oceans to kill most all life on Earth.