Exactly a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean, beginning the slow underwater seep of 5 million barrels of oil. Today, the Gulf is better—but the disaster's damage remains.
Between 20 April and 15 July, BP released some 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Within weeks of the leak being plugged, researchers reported on the oil's rapid disappearance. Others are now challenging those early claims.
For the first time in our nation's history, our hopes and dreams and economic fate rest, not on a warrior or a politician or an astronaut, but on a team of repairmen.
Earlier today, BP reported that their latest containment cap succeeded in stopping the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig. But as the Science Guy explains, closing the valves on the new cap could potentially make matters even worse.
The beautiful and crystalline Blue Marble is now the Stained Blue Marble, created using NASA's most spectacular view of Earth and one of the scenarios for the spreading of BP's oil, as simulated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
This is how evil BP is. First they kill the fishes. Then they kill the squids. And finally they kill Mario and all my childhood memories and make me eat all the oily fish and squids. [Flickr-Thanks David!]
It's a small victory, but BP reports that it successfully sawed through the ruptured oil pipe in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico today, the first critical step to their new containment dome strategy.
There's a lot of pretty-well-justified anger at BP out there in the ether at the moment. What better way of letting off some steam than via hilarious and sometimes-sad Photoshops?
There hasn't been any shortage of aerial views of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but this natural color, high resolution satellite shot reinforces the fact that this spill introduced something very unnatural to this natural habitat.