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  •  The key to that Russian story is (3+ / 0-)

    "phase transition".  Any chemists in the house?  Is it possible for molecules of components in Corexit to transition into a gas mode on a big enough scale to get into rain and then trash land-based ecosystems?  Ugh...it's bad enough in the water already...

    •  Even if they weren't to evaporate (4+ / 0-)

      they could still emulsify, I would think. I am NOT a Chemist (not by any means) although I know a great Chemist whom I could ask (and am curious to, although it's finals week and he's a Professor, still...). I would need the exact chemical composition of Corexit. Its my layman's sense that there are three routes that Corexit could "rain" onto people. Sheer hypothesis based on a perfunctory knowledge of college Chemistry.

      1. It could potentially evaporate into a gas and then rain, just like water.
      1. It could emulsify into a suspension and then rain with the water.
      1. It could be picked up by heavy winds on the top layer of the water and lift whole molecules of Corexit, either separate from, or bound to oil, before dropping them back onto land.

      There's also the issue of actual tidal waves lifting it onto the shore directly. We have a fair amount of tidal waves where I live in Northern California, although I don't know about that portion of the Gulf Coast. That is another way Corexit could be lifted onto land.

      "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." -- MLK Jr.

      by mahakali overdrive on Sun May 30, 2010 at 11:44:37 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, and I should qualify my hypothesis (3+ / 0-)
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        with that I've essentially read these possibilities AS hypothesized by various reputable Scientists recently in the media about the oil itself. So I'm not completely theorizing here, although it's basic Chemistry in my view (the evaporation, less assured, I think).

        "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." -- MLK Jr.

        by mahakali overdrive on Sun May 30, 2010 at 11:46:22 AM PDT

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