The Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Environmental impacts if it reaches the Mississippi Delta
By: Elizabeth M Young
If the oil remains fairly buoyant, it is inclined to travel with the tides until it reaches land and incorporates into the soil that is above and below water. The oil can travel farther inland, helped by narrow channels and by strong weather or tides...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The first environments that come to mind are the marine environments, since many oil spills happen at sea. The sparsity of life in the cold, open and salty ocean causes the mistaken idea that the oil mass, or its components will not reach land. The...
Environmental consequences of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By: Elizabeth M Young
The visual image of oil spills is that they are only surface spills in large bodies of water. The idea is that such huge areas should be able to absorb the injury and heal over time. But the reality is that oil becomesa permanent part...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Oil is buoyant when it is in it's complete form. Over time, the more volatile components will gas off or separate, or man made chemicals will break down the structure of the mass of oil. Then the mass becomes an oil/chemical mass, parts of which...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The benthic zone is essentially the bottom of the ocean or of any waterway. It is the soil, rocks, outcroppings and other structures of the bottom. In some arguments, wherever there is a bottom in the ocean it is the benthic zone, even in the...
By: Elizabeth M Young
A barrel of oil contains many components that interact with the atmosphere and with the water after an oil spill. Compounding the problems are the chemicals that are used to break down the oil, which then travel with the broken down components of the oil...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Oil spills and natural seepage are an ongoing part of dependency on Fossil fuels. It has been said that half of oil extrusion is natural and from little known seepage processes. These, however are slow and life has an ability to adapt to the oil...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The complexities of extracting and moving oil over the waterways of the world are so profound that it may never be possible to eliminate them, except through eliminating dependency upon and transporting of oil. There are conditions of human error, rough seas, lobbying and negotiations...
By: Elizabeth M Young
There are some very dedicated and hardy souls who will travel into areas that are not safe or comfortable at all in order to examine and monitor the health, migration and location of all types of plants and animals. In the course of the past...
By: Elizabeth M Young
First, it must be said that an enormous amount of oil is from natural seepage and emergence. It has been estimated that, off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, natural oil seepage has amounted to about 80 Exxon Valdez spills over hundreds of thousands of...

 

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