Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.
Originally posted by DragonTattooz
Can I go slightly off-topic?
One of my minor peeves is when someone is describing the death and/or destruction of virtually a whole "area" or "tribe" or "city" or "animal population" and they choose to use the word "decimate". Decimate means to kill or destroy 10%, or 1/10...hence the use of the prefix "deci". Most authors use the word to make it sound like a horrible thing, but in reality they are saying it was only 10%.
I guarantee you that what the author meant to say was something to the effect of, "it's a virtual dead zone." I'm sure you creative types could come up with a much more appropriate sentence or phrase.
Just sayin... :-)
Edit- Just to be clear...I'm not saying that killing 10% of something (except ants and roaches) is OK...I think you get my meaning.edit on 20-2-2011 by DragonTattooz because: (no reason given)
She also showed pictures of oil-choked bottom-dwelling creatures. They included dead crabs and brittle stars — starfish like critters that are normally bright orange and tightly wrapped around coral. These brittle stars were pale, loose and dead. She also saw tube worms so full of oil they suffocated.
"This is Macondo oil on the bottom," Joye said as she showed slides. "This is dead organisms because of oil being deposited on their heads."