Skip to comments.Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels
Posted on 01/06/2011 5:43:27 PM PST by Libloather
Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels, Surprising Researchers
ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2011) Calling the results "extremely surprising," researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.
Findings from the research study, led by oceanographers John Kessler of Texas A&M and David Valentine of UCSB, were recently published in the journal Science. The findings show that Mother Nature quickly saw to the removal of more than 200,000 metric tons of dissolved methane through the action of bacteria blooms that completely consumed the immense gas plumes the team had identified in mid-June. At that time, the team reported finding methane gas in amounts 100,000 times above normal levels. But, about 120 days after the initial spill, they could find only normal concentrations of methane and clear evidence of complete methane respiration.
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I love it when the greenie weenie doomsayers have egg on their faces.
I agree - drill, baby, drill.
Another “unexpected” result that the scientists...particularly the one at the University of Florida...got wrong. Wish I could remember the name of the expert who predicted that the Gulf would be mortally damaged for decades.
Methane is yummies for germies’ tummies.
***I love it when the greenie weenie doomsayers have egg on their faces.****
Which reminds me... In another thirty years grass will begin again to grow in Hiroshima!
That is what the weenies said in 1945!
....so I can get ready for the next ice age....
Hurrah for these honest researchers. Most “scientists” today are glorifies welfare recipients, dependent on government grants to study their manufactured crises. They specialize in scaring the younger generation to death with their lies, enabling them to then apply for grants to study teenage suicides.
I applaud honest research as well. I think most of our researchers today are terrified to think out of the box. Political correctness rules and skeptical minds (the cornerstone of science) are not welcome. Grants, getting published, tenure, and future promotions are strangling the truth.
When I was in college studying science, I remember the left and media constantly harping on the motivations of corporate sponsered research. I did not always disagree with them as there were obvious conflicts and pressure on researchers to arrive at the desired income. Is’nt it ironic that the pendulum swung even further to the politically correct? Regardless, the politicization of science is a tragedy.
Them dino-saurs shore passed a lot o’ gas! Oh...no. It was the decaying grasses and weeds from “billions and billions...” (Sagan). Well...maybe not. Maybe it was my ___.
Oh, and don’t forget the fossil fuels on Pluto, also put there by dinosaurs, plants, whatever.
I remember Rush predicting it would quickly return to normal once the spill was capped and how harshly he was ridiculed. But it stands to reason - this is a very large body of water with a constantly moving current that would cause it to dilute and dissipate quickly once you stopped the gusher. And apparently there are an abundance of microbes there that ate the stuff up, too.
Only surprising because the facts went against their earlier hype.
Kinda sounds like the global warmists who are surprised when it is cold at their Cancun meeting.
If only we could remove some of the methane gas eminating from WA dc.
Oh, normal levels. Quite right. Carry on.