Will Iceland's volcano boost geoengineering?
By: Brian Lampman
Geoengeneering being a man made attempt to control climate, offers limited solutions for volcanic eruptions. Volcanic eruptions though having effects on climate, do so in a very temporary fashion. These changes range from 1 year to as many as 5 years according to NASA's studies...
By: Karyn B Jules
When the plume of ash forcefully ejected from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano grounded air traffic across the U.K. and Northern Europe in April 2010, travelers were not the only ones affected. The regular daily import and export of goods worldwide was also impacted, and...
By: Peter Stern
A blowout preventer is one of several failsafe mechanical devices to ensure the safety of the crew, machinery and environment. Drilling for oil offshore still poses a threat to our environment; therefore, every modern oil rig has safety procedures and equipment as a failsafe in...
By: Hai Shunxi
One of the most fascinating tools in the oil exploration arsenal is directional drilling, sometimes called “slant drilling.” The concept of directional drilling is straightforward: drill a well or borehole that runs in an “unnatural” direction; usually something other than straight down...
By: Leigh Goessl
When Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in April 2010 it shot up a lot of volcanic ash that closed airports for days with flights halted indefinitely, which turned out to last six days. Due to continuing activity from Eyjafjallajokull in the month of May, additional suspensions...
An overview on the types of offshore oil rigs
By: Donald Robinet
The United States is the world's largest consumer of crude oil and it has a policy of lessening its dependence on foreign oil sources. As a result, the future lies in offshore drilling, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico.According to an article entitled "Journey...
Understanding the three basic types of rock
By: Ana M Tomsa
In recent decades geology has become more exposed to the public eye what with the multitude of documentaries, internet, the development of a certain tourism niche called geotourism, and all the geological hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc.) which get their spotlight in daily news...
Why airplanes cannot fly under an ash cloud
By: Poppy Reid
Everybody's heard about the volcano, Eyjafjallajokul, in Iceland, erupting and causing a huge cloud of volcanic ash to rise above Britain and Europe. It stopped hundreds of flights, infuriated thousands of people who were planning to travel, and cost Britain's airports millions of pounds. Many...
Challenges for offshore oil and gas production
By: L.B. Woodgate
There is no greater challenge for offshore oil and gas production than safety. In the extraction of the crude, transporting it and in the refinery process, the hazardous material must be handled by trained professionals to insure that the toxic substance does not explode or...
By: Jim J Jones
An offshore oil rig is, generally speaking, a floating electric drill. It consists of a building on top, a large pipe that sticks out the bottom and into the ocean, and a BIG drill at the bottom of that pipe to cut through the bedrock...

 

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