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Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event
Helium ^ | Terrence Aym

Posted on 07/17/2010 2:32:17 PM PDT by cocoapuff

Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world. [2] 55 million years later another methane bubble ruptured causing more mass extinctions during the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum (LPTM).

The LPTM lasted 100,000 years. [3]

Those subterranean seas of methane virtually reshaped the planet when they explosively blew from deep beneath the waters of what is today called the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, worried scientists are increasingly concerned the same series of catastrophic events that led to worldwide death back then may be happening again-and no known technology can stop it.

The bottom line: BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling operation may have triggered an irreversible, cascading geological Apocalypse that will culminate with the first mass extinction of life on Earth in many millions of years.

The oil giant drilled down miles into a geologically unstable region and may have set the stage for the eventual premature release of a methane mega-bubble.

Ryskin’s methane extinction theory

Northwestern University's Gregory Ryskin, a bio-chemical engineer, has a theory: The oceans periodically produce massive eruptions of explosive methane gas. He has documented the scientific evidence that such an event was directly responsible for the mass extinctions that occurred 55 million years ago. [4]

Many geologists concur: "The consequences of a methane-driven oceanic eruption for marine and terrestrial life are likely to be catastrophic. Figuratively speaking, the erupting region "boils over," ejecting a large amount of methane and other gases (e.g., CO2, H2S) into the atmosphere, and flooding large areas of land. Whereas pure methane is lighter than air, methane loaded with water droplets is much heavier, and thus spreads over the land, mixing with air in the process (and losing water as rain). The air-methane mixture is explosive at methane concentrations between 5% and 15%; as such mixtures form in different locations near the ground and are ignited by lightning, explosions and conflagrations destroy most of the terrestrial life, and also produce great amounts of smoke and of carbon dioxide..." [5]

The warning signs of an impending planetary catastrophe—of such great magnitude that the human mind has difficulty grasping it-would be the appearance of large fissures or rifts splitting open the ocean floor, a rise in the elevation of the seabed, and the massive venting of methane and other gases into the surrounding water.

Such occurrences can lead to the rupture of the methane bubble containment—it can then permit the methane to breach the subterranean depths and undergo an explosive decompression as it catapults into the Gulf waters. [6]

All three warning signs are documented to be occurring in the Gulf.

Ground zero: The Gulf Coast

The people and property located on the greater expanse of the Gulf Coast are sitting at Ground Zero. They will be the first exposed to poisonous, cancer causing chemical gases. They will be the ones that initially experience the full fury of a methane bubble exploding from the ruptured seabed.

The media has been kept away from the emergency salvage measures being taken to forestall the biggest catastrophe in human history. The federal government has warned them away from the epicenter of operations with the threat of a $40,000 fine for each infraction and the possibility of felony arrests.

Why is the press being kept away? Word is that the disaster is escalating.

Cracks and bulges

Methane is now streaming through the porous, rocky seabed at an accelerated rate and gushing from the borehole of the first relief well. The EPA is on record that Rig #1 is releasing methane, benzene, hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases. Workers there now wear advanced protection including state-of-the-art, military-issued gas masks.

Reports, filtering through from oceanologists and salvage workers in the region, state that the upper level strata of the ocean floor is succumbing to greater and greater pressure. That pressure is causing a huge expanse of the seabed-estimated by some as spreading over thousands of square miles surrounding the BP wellhead-to bulge. Some claim the seabed in the region has risen an astounding 30 feet.

The fractured BP wellhead, site of the former Deepwater Horizon, has become the epicenter of frenetic attempts to quell the monstrous flow of methane.

The subterranean methane is pressurized at 100,000 pounds psi. According to Matt Simmons, an oil industry expert, the methane pressure at the wellhead has now skyrocketed to a terrifying 40,000 pounds psi.

Another well-respected expert, Dr. John Kessler of Texas A&M University has calculated that the ruptured well is spewing 60 percent oil and 40 percent methane. The normal methane amount that escapes from a compromised well is about 5 percent.

More evidence? A huge gash on the ocean floor—like a ragged wound hundreds of feet long—has been reported by the NOAA research ship, Thomas Jefferson. Before the curtain of the government enforced news blackout again descended abruptly, scientists aboard the ship voiced their concerns that the widening rift may go down miles into the earth.

That gash too is hemorrhaging oil and methane. It’s 10 miles away from the BP epicenter. Other, new fissures, have been spotted as far as 30 miles distant.

Measurements of the multiple oil plumes now appearing miles from the wellhead indicate that as much as a total of 124,000 barrels of oil are erupting into the Gulf waters daily-that’s about 5,208,000 gallons of oil per day.

Most disturbing of all: Methane levels in the water are now calculated as being almost one million times higher than normal. [7]

Mass death on the water

If the methane bubble—a bubble that could be as big as 20 miles wide—erupts with titanic force from the seabed into the Gulf, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will immediately sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists participating in the salvage operation will die instantly.

Next, the ocean bottom will collapse, instantaneously displacing up to a trillion cubic feet of water or more and creating a towering supersonic tsunami annihilating everything along the coast and well inland. Like a thermonuclear blast, a high pressure atmospheric wave could precede the tidal wave flattening everything in its path before the water arrives.

When the roaring tsunami does arrive it will scrub away all that is left.

A chemical cocktail of poisons

Some environmentalist experts are calling what’s pouring into the land, sea and air from the seabed breach ’a chemical cocktail of poisons.’

Areas of dead zones devoid of oxygen are driving species of fish into foreign waters, killing plankton and other tiny sea life that are the foundation for the entire food chain, and polluting the air with cancer-causing chemicals and poisonous rainfalls.

A report from one observer in South Carolina documents oily residue left behind after a recent thunderstorm. And before the news blackout fully descended the EPA released data that benzene levels in New Orleans had rocketed to 3,000 parts per billion.

Benzene is extremely toxic and even short term exposure can cause agonizing death from cancerous lesions years later.

The people of Louisiana have been exposed for more than two months—and the benzene levels may be much higher now. The EPA measurement was taken in early May. [8]

Doomsday

While some say it can’t happen because the bulk of the methane is frozen into crystalline form, others point out that the underground methane sea is gradually melting from the nearby surging oil that’s estimated to be as hot as 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most experts in the know, however, agree that if the world-changing event does occur it will happen suddenly and within the next 6 months.

So, if events go against Mankind and the bubble bursts in the coming months, Gregory Ryskin may become one of the most famous people in the world. Of course, he won't have long to enjoy his new found fame because very shortly after the methane eruption civilization will collapse.

Perhaps if humanity is very, very lucky, some may find a way to avoid the mass extinction that follows and carry on the human race.

Perhaps.


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: bpgulfdisaster; catastrophism; ecofud; oilspill; unmitigatedstupidity
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1 posted on 07/17/2010 2:32:23 PM PDT by cocoapuff
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To: cocoapuff

Bravo Sierra


2 posted on 07/17/2010 2:35:49 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: cocoapuff

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”


3 posted on 07/17/2010 2:35:56 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Give me a hand up, not a hand out)
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To: cocoapuff
Already posted here
4 posted on 07/17/2010 2:36:05 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: cocoapuff

So all of humanity is doomed by a mega-fart. Wow....


5 posted on 07/17/2010 2:36:35 PM PDT by texanyankee
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To: cocoapuff

Oh no!! Everyone run!!!!


6 posted on 07/17/2010 2:37:46 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: cocoapuff

Eat lots of bacon while you can!


7 posted on 07/17/2010 2:39:36 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: cocoapuff

I just re-read the end of the “Book” to make certain that I had not missed anything, and I’m pretty certain that the end will not be by a methane bubble. God has a better plan.


8 posted on 07/17/2010 2:40:04 PM PDT by Big_Harry ( Starve the Beast!)
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To: cocoapuff
This is the biggest piece of crap trying to pass itself off as real journalism that I can recall. Read the “sources”. Most don't have anything to do with any of this.
9 posted on 07/17/2010 2:42:36 PM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: cocoapuff

Just because so many people deserve to experience Doomsday does not mean that it is imminent.


10 posted on 07/17/2010 2:43:41 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: cocoapuff

This is disconcerting.


11 posted on 07/17/2010 2:43:55 PM PDT by pelican001
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To: texanyankee
Hey, better a mega fart than a megalomaniac. Nothing we can do anyway if that happens!
12 posted on 07/17/2010 2:44:23 PM PDT by Shady (No more LAWS based on LIES!!!!)
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To: cocoapuff

I thought that this had been posted before and that everyone knew what kind of stuff “Helium” publishes.


13 posted on 07/17/2010 2:44:58 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: cocoapuff

paging Richard C. Hoagland.


14 posted on 07/17/2010 2:46:22 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: cocoapuff

“251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth”

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Anyone that read past that line desperately needs a hobby to take up their obviously vast period of spare time.
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15 posted on 07/17/2010 2:47:48 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: pelican001

“This is disconcerting.”

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No, this is worthless crap!
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16 posted on 07/17/2010 2:49:10 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: cocoapuff

How many times is this garbage going to be posted?

It was BS before and it’s still BS!


17 posted on 07/17/2010 2:51:04 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: cocoapuff

“Experts agree”.

Hoaxters and manure salesmen always give themselves away.


18 posted on 07/17/2010 2:51:28 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: cocoapuff

Alrighty, then. I’m packing Momma and the kids and heading to Alaska.

I’ve gotta admit that this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever read, especially given the tone and well-informed, educated delivery.

I’m wondering how fast this piece is going to spread through cyberspace, and whether it will be debunked, or proven to be on solid theoretical ground.


19 posted on 07/17/2010 2:51:59 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: cocoapuff
There's ample evidence in the geological record to show pretty convincingly that if Mother Nature ever decides to waste us all, there's not a whole honkin’ lot we can do about it.
20 posted on 07/17/2010 2:52:13 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Worthless crap you say. You don’t believe in the “towering supersonic tsunami”?


21 posted on 07/17/2010 2:53:38 PM PDT by pelican001
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To: cocoapuff

22 posted on 07/17/2010 2:55:25 PM PDT by ssaftler (Arizonans: Doing the job that Americans won't do.)
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To: cocoapuff

“Moria! Moria! Wonder of the Northern world! Too deep we delved there, and woke the nameless fear.”

Words of Glóin from The Lord of the Rings 2 II The Council of Elrond


23 posted on 07/17/2010 2:57:20 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: texanyankee
"So all of humanity is doomed by a mega-fart. Wow...."

Yeah, could you imagine Jesus predicting this? The disciples would have laughed their as*ses off! ;-)

24 posted on 07/17/2010 2:57:51 PM PDT by stumptalker
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To: cocoapuff

This means we better keep drilling gas wells so we can prevent such a cataclysmic event.


25 posted on 07/17/2010 3:00:05 PM PDT by DCmarcher-976453 (SARAH PALIN 2012)
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To: ssaftler

Why the picture of Babs? Are you trying to illustrate a worthless piece of crap or showing the personification of a mega-fart?


26 posted on 07/17/2010 3:00:59 PM PDT by pelican001
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To: Windflier
THE END OF THE WORLD
27 posted on 07/17/2010 3:01:53 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: cocoapuff

So in other words, Obama has been able to save us from doomsday, right? Just like the Porkulus saved the global economy and millions of jobs....

He’s like Chickenman...”he’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!”


28 posted on 07/17/2010 3:02:02 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: cocoapuff

All true.

But fortunately, if we hurry up and pass a cap and trade bill, seize all private industry and raise taxes on the “wealthy” to 85% it’ll all go away.


29 posted on 07/17/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT by Tucsonican
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To: UCANSEE2

albinoblacksheep.com?

I see that the link has a flash tag. What is it - some sort of cartoon or something?


30 posted on 07/17/2010 3:07:28 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: cocoapuff

World killing events are a major turnoff for me.


31 posted on 07/17/2010 3:09:40 PM PDT by wolfman
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To: Tucsonican

“if we hurry up and pass a cap and trade bill, seize all private industry and raise taxes on the “wealthy” to 85% it’ll all go away.”

Good thinking, Comrad. You never want to let a mass extinction event go to waste.


32 posted on 07/17/2010 3:09:46 PM PDT by pelican001
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To: pelican001

BS.


33 posted on 07/17/2010 3:10:45 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: cocoapuff
Sickie F*ers pandering to infantile fantasies of the end of the world. Not worth posting, frankly, a waste of space.
34 posted on 07/17/2010 3:11:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cocoapuff

Man, people keep reposting this toro mierda from the various sites that are running with it. Why?


35 posted on 07/17/2010 3:12:28 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: pelican001

Only when it is needed to extinguish the “Towering Inferno.”
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36 posted on 07/17/2010 3:12:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Big_Harry

It does seem to mention climate change and outer space objects striking the earth. Earthquakes and a host of other bad things . . . so a methane bubble isn’t out of reason just not prominent.


37 posted on 07/17/2010 3:12:59 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: cocoapuff
We are all going to die!!!

38 posted on 07/17/2010 3:14:32 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: cocoapuff

Well I guess its possible but if the GOM was going to burst this well probably played little or no significance.


39 posted on 07/17/2010 3:15:29 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: DownInFlames

cocopuff, but it’s really really good bravo sierra...lol


40 posted on 07/17/2010 3:22:02 PM PDT by dbeall
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To: cocoapuff

I am going to have re-emphasize my warning to the kids to NOT PLAY WITH MATCHES!!!!


41 posted on 07/17/2010 3:23:43 PM PDT by liege
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To: cocoapuff

So the planet throws a massive fart and the human race is as good as dead huh?

Sounds more like the day after I have visited my local Taco Bell, at least that what my Wife tell me after 30 minutes in the bathroom, damn how dumb do these people think we are?


42 posted on 07/17/2010 3:25:02 PM PDT by Trueblackman (hmmmmmm)
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To: Bernard Marx

Yep. If this thing blows, you won’t be dying of clogged arteries.


43 posted on 07/17/2010 3:25:42 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: cocoapuff
World Killing.. don't they wish LOL
44 posted on 07/17/2010 3:32:48 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: editor-surveyor
This is disconcerting.

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45 posted on 07/17/2010 3:32:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cocoapuff

Damn, just when I got to felling good about the closing of the flow....hook up the pipes and pump the oil into the boats, that would pay for some of the cost in cloing the well.


46 posted on 07/17/2010 3:34:47 PM PDT by gulfcoast6 (GOD IS!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Catastrophism ping


47 posted on 07/17/2010 3:39:33 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: cocoapuff

I guess we’ve just been lucky that the other 39,000 wells drilled in the GoM over the last 60 years never hit that sweet spot before. Oh, well! Nothing lasts forever.


48 posted on 07/17/2010 3:43:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: cocoapuff

A few hundred thousand pounds of Gas-x, and everything will be just fine.


49 posted on 07/17/2010 3:45:31 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: cocoapuff
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50 posted on 07/17/2010 3:45:37 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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