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From The Washington Post:
The most disturbing of the worst-case scenarios, one that is unsubstantiated but is driving much of the blog discussion, is that the Deepwater Horizon well has been so badly damaged that it has spawned multiple leaks from the seafloor, making containment impossible and a long-term solution much more complicated.
Video from a robotic submersible, which is making the rounds online, shows something puffing from the seafloor. Some think it's oil. Or maybe -- look again -- it's just the silt blowing in response to the forward motion of the submersible.
I understand the Midwest receives a large amount of moisture and rain from the Gulf of Mexico. Shall we expect the moisture and rain that comes up from the Gulf to carry with it the pollution from the current oil spill?
We should not. It's true that humid air from the Gulf of Mexico is a potent source of Midwestern precipitation, and as much as 70 percent of Chicago's precipitation (rain and snow) originates with moisture from the Gulf. However, evaporation of water from the Gulf, or any other source, occurs on a molecule-by-molecule basis. Water molecules are not chemically bound to any pollutants that might be present in the water — oil, for example, or other dissolved solids such as salt. Only pure water evaporates into the air, and all other materials remain in the water.