anyone else concerned about the oil spill?
Posted 02 June 2010 - 10:11 AM
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 01:44 PM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:30 AM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 02:04 AM
YouTube - Ocean currents likely to carry oil to Atlantic
As you can see, most of the oil is heading around Florida and up the Gulf stream, but there's also a small possibility that some oil could get caught in the Gulf of Mexico Loop current and make it's way down to some areas of Mexico...but like I said 'small!'. Also, since this has never happened before and they are just using their best estimates of localized flow, so it might not be perfect and the scientists who ran this model state as such. And it's important to remember that these oil slicks/plumes will be degrading overtime due to natural bacterial degradation in the ocean, sunlight, wave action, etc...so the potency and toxicity won't be as great as we're seeing off the southern states. Not to say there might not be some tar balls, but a low chance.
There's also this website to follow with a lot of other forecasts and real-time oil tracking:
CeNCOOS - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010.
The bigger concerns to me are the ocean plumes below the surface of the ocean, and the dispersants...we have NO idea what that's doing to the organisms swimming through these currents. The fact that they are blatantly ignoring orders to stop using disperants is absurd and I don't understand how they are still able to purchase any more. But BP will do anything to keep the oil below the surface so the public doesn't have a larger outcry.
In conclusion, I'll be getting married in Tulum in November, and I will still be swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. But I will continue monitoring the situation, and you have to remember, even if they STOP the oil from flowing tomorrow, there is still a WHOLE lot of oil out there (probably 5 times more than what the media and BP is suggesting). I really hope this devastation prompts the US to seriously fund alternative/renewable/sustainable energy resources, and decrease our dependence on oil (foreign or not). Next time you go to the grocery store, bring a canvas bag instead of using plastic, one more step in the right direction.
In other news, we'll know within 24 hours whether their new 'top hat' was successful in siphoning up most of the oil and gas coming out of the hole. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:54 AM
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:27 AM
| Originally Posted by mexico102 |
ocean wonderland thank you for all the info!! Awesome post.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:01 PM
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:11 PM
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