July 19 2010
Dr. David Valentine, PhD., Methane expert*, explains what he learned while on a research ship in the Gulf this past month. The water can be coaxed to flame and methane levels 10,000 to 100,000 times the natural concentrations! 5%-35% Reduction of dissolved oxygen. 100-200 foot, six to seven mile-long clouds of methane in the ocean. Natural gas content - methane, propane - elevated 10,000-100,000 fold over background levels. Floating, dead pyrosomes.
Preliminary results show concentrations at some points to be a million times higher than normal, researcher says John Kessler, a chemical oceanographer in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, is currently analyzing methane levels in water collected from seven miles to 500 meters from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead...
The 10-day cruise, which was funded by a National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant, returned June 21 with nearly 1 million data points gathered. Since that time, he and his colleagues have been analyzing the results in the shore-based lab at Texas A&M.
Ramifications are multifold, Dr John Kessler, Oceanographer, said… Naturally occurring methane seeps have been linked to rapid climate change. For instance, an event occurring 55 million years ago may have caused one of these spikes, scientists believe. Continue: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/drudge-methane-levels-only-seen-during-mass-extinction-events-photos
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