What is a blowout preventer?
By: Bibi .W Kaudur
The awful offshore oil spill on records to date is related to a blowout preventer that even though was operational, fails to totally shut off the well. The term ‘blowout preventer’ which was up till now known to few or connoisseur only, is...
Is Space Exploration too Dangerous
By: Mark Bogart
One only has to look back at the other exploration efforts of man to understand that the benefits from this type exploration will more than outweigh any of the risks involved. In fact it would appear that when great risks are required to be overcome...
By: Peter Stern
There are several fail safes considered standard mandatory safety equipment on every modern oil drilling rig. Each safety procedure and item has been proven over time to be a major factor in saving human lives, securing capital equipment and protecting the environment by preventing and/or...
Why the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could affect onshore operations
By: L.B. Woodgate
The BP Gulf oil spill should be a wake-up call for onshore operations. Oil spills, in-land or off shore, always negatively impact the environment and not just for the short term. While an oil rig may function in close proximity to humans and sensitive eco-systems...
How the environment affects the food chain
By: Delia Ionescu
When we speak about the environment we speak about the sum of elements, factors, behaviors, and conditions that surround and include the human being. It’s all about a black box where we know the entries, we discover the exits and we can only make...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Of the temperate places in the world, California represents almost all of the possible temperate biomes! The left half of the state is one continuous coastline, complete with islands, bays, estuaries, and almost every type of marine and brackish temperate aquatic environments. The right half...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Literacy is defined in the narrowest terms as the ability to read and write in one or more symbolic forms, but applies to far more than translating symbols into meaning. Literacy also involves being able to apply what is read or written in order to...
By: Peter Stern
Slant drilling often is the preferred method of oil drilling that is less costly overall by providing more opportunity for profit and may be less invasive to parts of our natural environment. Instead of the older style method of vertical drilling, selecting a site and...
An explanation of trophic levels and the food chain
By: Hannah Russell
Every living thing needs to get energy from somewhere. This can be from making the energy out of sunlight, or by consuming another living thing. Ultimately, all energy comes from the sun. The energy then works it way up different trophic levels, radiating energy from...
By: Peter Stern
Oil spills have a great negative effect on the ecology of a region. The oil spill immediately permeates throughout the region and attaches itself to anything it touches, including sea creatures, bird life, coral and rocks, shorelines and sand, and ocean floor beds. The result...

 

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