Well, it has been about a month since my last posting about Paul Murad and his campaign for Lt. Gov of Nevada – www.paulmurad.com
Sorry, but I was traveling on business, and just really didn’t have time for it. Hopefully this month I can post 2-4 times. We will see 😉
So, I have been reading about the ‘Great BP Oil Leak of 2010’ and it is so sad and frightening. I remember Paul Murad saying why it is so important to get off oil, and this tragedy came along to help hammer the point home.
Even more dramatic, is President Obama allowing off shore drilling to start a few months before. Now that is what I call egg on the face. Still, the Prez didn’t get as much on the face as Palin and the ‘Drill Babe, Drill’ Republican TeaBaggers.
The real tragedy is not the politics or the money – it is the people and animals lives that are affected by this. A great loss of life and nature for all of mankind, with the oil on beaches, dead fish and low oxygen dead zones near the slick.
This morning, I saw an article in the New York Times that examines the prospect that oil from the gulf spill could reach the so-called loop current, which could carry it into the Florida Keys and the Atlantic Ocean.
Satellite image at the top of this blog entry sheds some light on the trajectory of the oil and the current. It shows the oil spill from space and the oil slick is clearly outlined. Using an array of sensors, these satellites detect the spectral reflection of the ocean, allowing a wide variety of observations on things like water temperature and surface features like the oil spill.
The long tail of oil being dragged away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig by ocean currents is moving toward Fla. Responsible for the current is a giant eddy, also known as a cyclone, about 150 miles wide from east to west. It has spun off the much larger loop current, a powerful and unpredictable ocean feature that transports warm water in a clockwise motion from the Yucatán Peninsula into the northern Gulf of Mexico, then south to the Florida Keys and out into the Atlantic.
It seems that nobody knows the thickness of the oil in the tail, but Federal officials have characterized it as a light sheen, while some independent scientists say they believe it is considerably thicker. I would bet on the scientists over the Fed’s. The fact that the tail of oil is easily visible from space is one indication that it may be thicker than a light sheen.
Our oceans are all ready in big trouble. Oil spills, plastic clouds, oxygen dead zones, over fishing and fertilizer pollution is really setting us up for some big problems in the future. Lack of food being number 1, followed by global climate change.
Want to help?
Give to the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund:
The top image shows the spill, upper left, in relation to the loop current on May 6-7.
The below image shows the spill on Monday, with a long tongue of oil snaking out to sea.
All images by Chuanmin Hu of the Institute for Optical Oceanography at the University of South Florida: