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Originally posted by Midyew
Alright, so it's "officially" there. We've known for a while that all that oil couldn't just vanish. My question is, what is this bubble going to do?
Is it going to slowly rise to the surface and explode into a big oily mess? Is it full of methane or just oil? I'm nowhere near the GoM but this still worries me. Not for my sake but for everyone and everything that this will affect.
Originally posted by mjsmor
The problem i have with this story is its now friday morning on the west coast, im reading this story via link from the OP, but i go to fox and the story has VANISHED!! false story or something that tptb in this matter didnt want the public reading, that story is GONE like the wind, thanks OP for the info.
“The plume is not pure oil,” Camilli said. “But there are oil compounds in there.”
Whether the plume’s existence poses a significant threat to the Gulf ecosystem and sea life is not yet clear, the researchers say.
“We don’t know how toxic it is,” said Christopher Reddy, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) marine geochemist and oil spill expert and one of the authors of the study.
Yet despite the seeming contrast between the government report and their new findings, Reddy refused to describe this new evidence as a contradiction.
"I can't tell you how much oil is in the plume," he noted, so it doesn't contradict the government's report that only 26% of the leak remains. And the picture will change as more chemical analysis is done, Reddy pointed out
The team's observations were made during a June 19-28 scientific cruise aboard the National Science Foundation owned ship Endeavor. It was halted by the onset of hurricane Alex. Since measurements ended nearly two months ago, the scientists admit they are unsure what has happened to the plume.
Originally posted by bikeshedding
reply to post by TXRabbit
This has helped to create the dead zone in the gulf that has existed for decades now (3000-8000 square miles depending on who you ask). It's one of the largest dead zones in the world and has definite effects on the fishing industry.
Here's a Nat Geo article on the Gulf dead zone from five years ago: Link.
[edit on 20-8-2010 by bikeshedding]
Originally posted by Perseus Apex
There are two oil wells of which are still leaking enormous amounts of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Americans and Mexicans will be most affected in the short term whereas the world will be affected long term due to the effects on the world food chain.
Originally posted by falige
You know it's really hard to post a reply to a giant post like the one right above me. Anyway.......