By: Jim J Jones
An oil spill is just about the worst type of natural disaster in a large body of water. It might be thought of as the wildfire of the ocean: it leaves nothing and no one untouched, decimating populations of every species within its reach. The...
A look at the drill crew needed to perform drilling operations on an offshore oil rig
By: L.B. Woodgate
The larger off-shore oil rig platforms can have as many as many as 150-160 people employed doing various jobs. Most are support staff that performs non-drilling functions like maintenance, material handling and storage, and food preparation. Others may assist with the drilling but they have...
What is an oil riser?
By: Hai Shunxi
An oil riser (more properly a drilling riser) is part of the piping system of an offshore well. It is a large-diameter pipe that connects the drill rig on the surface to a complex on the seafloor that includes the blowout preventer (BOP) stack. Risers...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The award for the most dangerous fault line has to be made with some special considerations: is the fault line near or running through an urban area or a nuclear facility? Are there other natural formations, such as volcanoes and oceans, that would lead to...
By: George Greene Jr.
The recent Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion is a major concern not only to fisherman but to the tourist industry of a lot of beaches. How to contain it is the number one thing but then that is the question. With a continuing leak...
What happened the last time the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted?
By: Donna Hicks
Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyapla-yurkul) is spewing again, once more shutting down airports and hindering travel. The last time Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 1821, the result of the eruption was long-term and devastating to the area and people around Eyjafjallajokull. History of Eyjafjallajokull Iceland is considered a “hot...
By: Peter Stern
An offshore oil spill is devastating to sea life, vegetation and can spread quickly out to sea or further inland and to shore. The spill contaminates the entire fragile ecosystem. There are several options that may used to contain an offshore oil spill to try...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Volcanic eruptions that expel volcanic ash into the atmosphere are actually expelling gas and bits of volcanic glass and pulverized rock. This gas, glass and rock can be invisible to the naked eye, yet can be in enough concentration to wreak havoc on jet engines...
How the Iceland volcano impacted the flower industry
By: Donna Hicks
The effect of Iceland's volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, on the flower industry is devastating. One may think that the volcano being in Iceland will have no effect on the flower industry. Eyjafjallajokull has indeed already wreaked havoc on the world's flower industry. Several countries that export flowers...
By: Nan C Avery
There are so many jobs on an offshore drilling rig. It is almost like a small village group with each person dependent upon others. Most of the jobs begin at the entry level called "roustabouts. Oil companies promote from within the group. It is as...

 

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