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  •  The pressure is due to the weight of the fluid. (4+ / 0-)
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    A column of mud 1 mile long will also have very high pressure at the bottom of the column. I think the only pressure it has to overcome is the pressure of the oil, not the water pressure at depth. Unfortunately, if they put too much pressure into the BOP with the mud, they run the risk of it rupturing the BOP and making a horrible situation even more so.

    I want to move to the alternate universe where Gore was the President... anyone know the address?

    by zipn on Thu May 27, 2010 at 07:58:00 PM PDT

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    •  thanks.. (4+ / 0-)
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      but at least from a layman's perspective ..

      that oil and gas is going through those pipes much faster than what we see spewing...right?

      cause it isn't overcoming ocean pressure inside the pipe...

      in other words isn't ocean pressure acting to give us an optical solution that the oil and gas is moving much slower than it really is inside the pipe??

      •  I don't think it is an optical illusion (3+ / 0-)
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        The flow is the flow - the one thing that I think the pressure is effecting visually is the amount of gas entrapped in the fluid. Liquids don't compress, but gas does. The bubbles of gas are visually MUCH smaller at depth. If the pipe was at the surface the gas/oil ratio would appear MUCH greater.

        I think.

        I want to move to the alternate universe where Gore was the President... anyone know the address?

        by zipn on Thu May 27, 2010 at 08:05:42 PM PDT

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        •  Re: your tagline. (0+ / 0-)

          If Gore had been the President the regulations would not have been gutted. The oil companies would not have gotten away with murder (literally--of people and all living things) and the world would really be a better place. The freaking Supremes! Argh! I realize this is an overstatement of the obvious but I just linked those events to this event.

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