Skip to comments.Gulf Methane Levels 1 Million Times Above Normal Are Depleting Oxygen And Creating Marine Dead Zones
Posted on 06/25/2010 5:30:48 AM PDT by Amityschild
Reuters is so not getting the administration's latest round of taxpayer bail out funding when mainstream media comes knocking on Obama's door looking for handouts. The media company has shockingly decided to release some of the truth about the biosystematic genocide currently happening in the Gulf: "As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone", U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.
Much more at link...
(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...
If they hit a big methane pocket, it may not be BPs (ok TransOcean but their pockets aren’t as deep) after all, just a fluke accident
I am buying a large wall mounted map of the Gulf of Mexico and I am placing a label over that name.
The Obama Dead Sea.
Not to mention carbonic crucifixion.
I wish I could post that BS meter.
By WHAT physical or biological mechanism will the presence of methane gas cause the DEPLETION of oxygen?
I must have missed that part of gas laws.
And to say that there is SIX ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more methane in the water is preposterous if we are talking about methane as a solute ( ie dissolved methane ). IIRC Methane is naturally already about 4 PPM, so a million times more methane would be 4 parts methane to one part water. This is crap. Pure crap.
And how was this measured, really?
And the huge floating rafts of dead marine life are where?
Sounds perfect and appropriate. Maybe even "the obama dead gulf" or is that golf?
Thanks for posting. Interesting comments at the link.
Hey Con-gre$$? Where is that 20B BP document the Bamster’s tyrannical branch agreed to? Check$ & Balance$?
Too big to fail? Anyone? McFly?
Yesterday is was one hundred thousnd times, today it is a million times. Ya just can’t believe anything ya read any more.
I read the article.
I am also educated ( a long time ago ) as a marine biologist.
One part of the article speaks of 100,000 times higher concentrations, another 1 million times higher than background. Those are ABSURDLY high concentrations of dissolved methane in cold, deep seawater. I find them HARD to believe.
Also, methane is NOT a toxin.
And as far as “ can encourage the growth of microbes that gobble up oxygen needed by marine life” goes, I’d like this ‘scientist’ to name the anaerobacters or facultative anaerobes that metabolize methane and “gobble up” oxygen.
Methane is hardly the threat to the ecosystem.
All the CRAP in the crude oil fraction - the aromatic hydrocarbons ( you remember those from organic chemistry in HS? ) — and the various sulfur bearing compounds and so on — all the biologically active compounds in the fraction — THOSE are the risk to life — NOT methane.
Also, why wouldn't the methane rise to the surface nearly immediately? Methane doesn't remain in suspension.
It would be spot on to suspect that much of this “sky is falling” BS about this crude oil and methane gusher has little basis in fact.
From a logical view, all this in nothing more than propaganda by the lib/dems to scare the sheeple into letting the lib/dems keep the power to destroy America from every angle possible.
I think the reporter is confusing two different things: methane and biological oxygen demand. Bacteria feed on the oil, and create a high BOD. The presence of fertilizer in the Mississippi river has caused a very well know ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf for years, for similar reasons. I also read that Ixtoc caused a high BOD. The Gulf recovered from Ixtoc, and no doubt will recover from this, but it may take a while.
Seafloor slopes of 5 degrees and less should be stable on the Atlantic continental margin, yet many landslide scars are present. The depth of the top of these scars is near the top of the hydrate zone, and seismic profiles indicate less hydrate in the sediment beneath slide scars.
Evidence available suggests a link between hydrate instability and occurrence of landslides on the continental margin. A likely mechanism for initiation of landsliding involves a breakdown of hydrates at the base of the hydrate layer.
The effect would be a change from a semi-cemented zone to one that is gas-charged and has little strength, thus facilitating sliding. The cause of the breakdown might be a reduction in pressure on the hydrates due to a sea-level drop, such as occurred during glacial periods when ocean water became isolated on land in great ice sheets.
BS meter indeed! The first hurricane in the Gulf might, might, very well dissipate a large portion of the spill and put a major damper on the MSM’s glee in reporting the evils of Big Oil.
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