Scientists Find Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf-

Past oil spills have always been on the surface. So we tend to think of measuring their size that way (by overhead photography).  However this oil gushing out of the deep and much not coming to the surface.  Huge underwater plumes are present unseen and unmeasurable from above.

Scientists Find Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf. By Justin Gillis. New York Times.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Oil gusher may be much worse than thought

  1. avatar matt bullard says:

    I just read that article. It now makes more sense why BP is trying to prevent people from studying the spill to determine how much is actually leaking out. Also appears to confirm the much higher rate of flow from the leaks. What a horrible, nightmarish tragedy this is, and just when I thought it couldn’t get much worse. This whole thing with the dispersants may turn out to be the real disaster.

  2. avatar steve c says:

    I saw the republican senate minority leader on tv this morning say that making oil companies financially responsible for disasters like this would drive all “mom and pop” oil companies out of business.


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