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...
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: 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...
By: Nan C Avery
The main difference between onshore and offshore drilling is that onshore drilling has a solid platform. The offshore drilling rig digs thousands of feet below sea level. The offshore rig has to invent platforms. These become artificial platforms that have to be constructed to serve...
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...
How do oil rigs work?
By: L.B. Woodgate
An oil rig is a structured work platform located over deeply concealed fossil fuel reserves below the surface of the earth. The equipment used is designed for boring through centuries of layered sediments, much of what is impermeable rock, or cap rock, such as granite...
An overview on the types of offshore oil rigs
By: L.B. Woodgate
Below the sea floors lie vast reserves of oil. One 1996 estimate put the amount at 1.3 trillion gallons. If this figure is accurate it is roughly half of the total oil reserves on the globe. The Mineral Management Service of the U.S...
What are the fail safes on an oil rig?
By: L.B. Woodgate
The reality is that there is very little new under the sun when it comes to fail safe devices for oil rigs should an emergency or catastrophic failure of surface or sub-sea equipment occur. What does exist has not been all that foolproof under varying...
By: Jim Kerrigan
Since the creation of ICF construction we in the United States have a choice that increases our ability to have a home or shelter that will survive a natural disaster. ICF or Insolated Concrete Form is polystyrene blocks that stack together to form walls. There...
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...

 

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