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  •  It will take some time to get it right (9+ / 0-)

    After reviewing all of the Terra and Aqua photo sets since the spill began I feel very uncertain about the fate of the dispersed oil. The photos show all kinds of detail related to clouds, sediment in the water and water depth. However, day-to-day consistency in pattern evolution is lacking. Cloudy days make tracking difficult, to say the least.

    It's clear that much of the oil isn't in the visible slick as time passes but it's not clear where it's going.

    I need to review a number of different kinds of data including data on drifting buoys and ocean currents. I need to look at sampling methods for spill detection. Or maybe somebody else already has a plan and we can work with them.

    I still think we need to keep our eyes open over a large area.

    look for my DK Greenroots diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Wed May 12, 2010 at 09:18:12 PM PDT

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    •  you could ask the woman at LA brigade to (3+ / 0-)
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      let you know if any data becomes available that you need. she is very nice. phone number at link in diary. :)

      Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

      by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Wed May 12, 2010 at 09:54:40 PM PDT

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    •  The dispersants are basically soap and glycol (6+ / 0-)

      Which is difficult to test for. There are probably some other trace chemicals in the proprietary blend they're using.

      Need to find out who the various university-connected folks who talked about dispersants in the news are.

      Those folks should be easy to contact. I've been searching back through my news bookmarks, but as usual, cannot find it when I need it.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Wed May 12, 2010 at 10:43:14 PM PDT

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      •  Curious. After a couple of days of using the (0+ / 0-)

        dispersant it was announced that bp had stopped because it was unclear what the ecological effects of the untested dispersant chemicals would be. Then a bit later it was announced they were using them nonstop.

        Is that because they were tested in the interim? Because the govt. gave them permission to use them thinking they had little choice to avoid impacting the coast? Or what? To me it implied that the chemical stew was perhaps much worse than the normal dispersant.

        you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

        by Gorette on Thu May 13, 2010 at 07:09:45 AM PDT

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