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Old 06-23-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Oil spill from space w/ info on natural oil "spill" aka seep

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/ima...MO_2010170.jpg

Although only a few new seeps have been identified and estimates of known crude-oil deposits throughout the world have not changed greatly from about 300,000 million tonnes, new technologies, particularly remote sensing techniques, have provided better means of natural seep detection and assessment. Studies in parts of the Gulf of Mexico (MacDonald et al., 1993; MacDonald, 1998; Mitchell et al., 1999), using these new technologies, have resulted in an estimated seepage rate for the entire Gulf of Mexico of 140,000 tonnes per year (range of 80,000 to 200,000 tonnes per year). For offshore southern California, a new estimate of rate of oil seepage is 20,000 tonnes per year (range of 2,000 to 35,000 tonnes per year), based on considerations of work by Fischer (1978), Clester et al. (1996), and Hornafius et al. (1999). The rate of oil seepage for offshore Alaska is also estimated, based mainly on a report by Becker and Manen (1988), to be about 400 tonnes per year (range of 200 to 800 tonnes per year). The North American best estimate is 160,000 tonnes per year, with a minimum of 80,000 tonnes per year (50 percent of best estimate), and a maximum of 240,000 tonnes per year (best estimate + 50 percent1).

Taken from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?re...10388&page=70#


if you want to be real cool you could assume a density of crude and convert form Tonnes to bbls or gallons
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spill is leaking full force again

copy into a browser and remove the $ at frond and back.

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