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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 01:04 PM
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274. Re: scale
June 8, 2010 - The New York Times:

Scientists Awed by Size, Density of Undersea Oil Plume in Gulf

"Vast underwater concentrations of oil sprawling for miles in the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged BP well are unprecedented in "human history" and threaten to wreak havoc on marine life, a team of scientists said today, a finding confirmed for the first time by federal officials.
Researchers briefed reporters on a two-week cruise in which they traced an underwater oil plume 15 miles wide, 3 miles long and about 600 feet thick. The plume's core is 1,100 to 1,300 meters below the surface, they said.
"It's an infusion of oil and gas unlike anything else that has ever been seen anywhere, certainly in human history," said Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia, the expedition leader.
Bacteria are breaking down the oil's hydrocarbons in a massive, microorganism feeding frenzy that has sent oxygen levels plunging close to what is considered "dead zone" conditions, at which most marine life are smothered for a lack of dissolved oxygen."

Convenient for BPs stock price that everything magically corrected itself in eight weeks.


http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/06/08/08greenwire-sci...


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