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Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels
Science Daily ^ | 1/06/11

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gulf; methane; mexico; soill
Sounds like a good time to start drillin'!
1 posted on 01/06/2011 5:43:31 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I love it when the greenie weenie doomsayers have egg on their faces.

Hee Hee!

I agree - drill, baby, drill.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 5:45:49 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Libloather

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.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 5:50:45 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Libloather

Methane is yummies for germies’ tummies.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 5:51:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Libloather
"Experts" are not only surprised but "extremely surprised" by mother Nature.
5 posted on 01/06/2011 5:54:06 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: surroundedbyblue

***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!


6 posted on 01/06/2011 5:54:51 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
....Yeah...but is the Gulf Loop turned off....enquiring minds seek to know....

....so I can get ready for the next ice age....

7 posted on 01/06/2011 5:55:43 PM PST by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: Libloather

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.


8 posted on 01/06/2011 5:58:00 PM PST by kittymyrib
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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.


9 posted on 01/06/2011 6:17:21 PM PST by volunbeer
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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 ___.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 6:25:49 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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Oh, and don’t forget the fossil fuels on Pluto, also put there by dinosaurs, plants, whatever.


11 posted on 01/06/2011 6:29:46 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Libloather

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.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 6:36:03 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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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.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 6:55:37 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Libloather

If only we could remove some of the methane gas eminating from WA dc.


14 posted on 01/06/2011 7:51:44 PM PST by tillacum
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To: Libloather

WE'RE DOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, normal levels. Quite right. Carry on.


15 posted on 01/06/2011 9:11:49 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (My baloney has a first name, it's DEMOCRAT; my baloney has a second name, it's PARTY)
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