Archive for June, 2010

BP Oil Spill By: Akash Dalal

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2010 by mrbgeography

 New studies suggest the amount of oil gushing out from BP’s damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could be double what was previously estimated. US scientists said on Thursday that between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels per day (3.2 million and 6.4 million liters) of oil flowed from the well before June 3, when BP’s remotely operated robots sawed through an underwater pipe to clear the way for a capping procedure.

The White House said on Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman of BP, had been asked to meet Barack Obama, the US president, on Wednesday, while Eric Holder, the US attorney-general, pledged to make BP pay for “all the damages” from the spill. Estimates of the oil flow have steadily climbed from the 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) level initially cited by BP and US officials, although BP had said the estimates were unreliable. The wide variation in the figures points to the difficulty in estimating flow of a well that is 1.6km beneath the surface and reachable only by remotely operated robots.

Still, even at the minimum estimated rate of 20,000 bpd, the well has dumped at least a million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20 and sank two days later. That is more than four times the amount of oil the Exxon Valdez spilled in Alaska in 1989, the previous worst spill in US history. This is going to create clean-up costs and the US push for BP to fully compensate economic victims of the spill has taken a toll on BP shares, which have lost nearly half their value since the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April. Analysts agree, saying that BP will have around $5bn this year to pay damages and clean-up costs.

090323-04-valdez-animals_big.jpg image by earthawear

I think this oil spill is very dangerous for our environment. It will kill many marine creatures and will affect the food chain. In this photo, a bird is dying from the oil. The oil is life acid for the bird. It is choking on the oil and cannot fly because the oil has made its’ wings to it’s body. It is spending most of it’s time cleaning itself with it’s beak. Since it does that, it doesn’t have time to search for food. Luckily, someone has found this bird and rescued it from getting killed.

 1. What are some solutions for cleaning the spill?

 2. How much will it cost to clean the spill up? 

3. How much more oil was spilled now than in Alaska in 1989?

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Disaster in the Gulf by Neelan S. T. S.

Posted in 1 on June 11, 2010 by mrbgeography

     The environment in the USA is bad. As soon as we try to stop it from getting worse, another problem comes. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has devastated everyone, especially the people in the gulf area. I feel that this could have been prevented, but it wasn’t. The government and BP, who owns the rig that caused the explosion, are investigating if there has been a pump that could have stopped the oil from coming out. This has devastated ecomony and environment, and we need to fix it. Sevaral ships are cleaning the oil up, using special chemicals to rub it off animals, and they are skimming off the water. BP is currently trying to stop the oil from leaking out. About 12,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil leak out of the resivoir a day. I feel that is lot of oil coming out, and I am shocked. BP has tried using mud and dirt to clog the areas that the oil is leaking from. That did not work, because the pressure from the oil is too great. In the next paragragh, I will tell another strategy BP is using to take care of the oil leakage.

                BP is going to construct a giant dome to put over the oil leak to trap the oil for now. That will give them time to Build another rig or come up with another solution. Meanwhile, the damage done to the environment is incredible. In the wetlands, the oil had leaked in and has killed the mangorves, the primary tree of the wetlands. The trees are no longer there to hold the soil together had the soil has eroded. New Orleans and other cities are now more vunerable to hurricanes. If the oil hits Florida, a rare animal called the manatee could be in danger. The brown pelican is endangered because of the spill. The oil increases the petroleum toxicity, and decreases ocean oxygen levels. There has been 590 dead birds, 250 sea turtles, 30 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 reptile. The marshlands and islands have been put at risk, and also many animals. The economy in the gulf has gone down also, thanks to the oil spill. BP has almost lost half it’s income in the area, and the locals who own small businesses are suffering. In the next paragraph, I will tell you about how the oil spill affects the ecomony.

               The economy in the gulf has gone down. The fishing industry, tourism, and oil industry has gone down. BP is losing money rapidly, until they can put a lid on the oil well. BP has tried using mud and dirt to clog the well, but that did not work. Now, they are building a huge dome to trap the oil until they can build a new rig or some other idea. Until then, BP will lose a lot of money and workers in the area. Already 11 workers died, and 17 were injured. Meanwhile, the tourism and fishing industries continue to suffer. The fish are all poisoned, and the fisherman cannot sell toxic fish. Also, no one wants to see oil covered beaches or boat in oil. Hotels and small business will suffer. BP is investigating if the rig qualified saftey measures. If it did not, I would be angry. The oil spill could have prevented if they had put a pump on. BP is still investigating. That is what I think.

1. Do you think the rig owners took the saftey measures and put the pump?

2. How bad do you think the spill is?

3. How much do you think the economy and environment will be affected?

Oil Spill By: Camille Johnson

Posted in STUDENT POSTS FIRST MARKING PERIOD on June 11, 2010 by mrbgeography

On April 22, 201o also known as Earth Day. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. This happened in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Louisiana. The leak has caused many damages to the environment and the economy. This spill has left workers and animals injured and some animals dead. They have not stopped the leak. Over the time 5,000 barrels of oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Some workers have tried to clean the spill by plugging the well head or some even used hoses to clean the oil along the shore.

All of the animals in the Gulf are slicked with oil. They can’t move, so they can’t find food. Eventually they will die because there isn’t any food. Some businesses along the Gulf had to close down because the oil is coming ashore. Tourists can’t go to the ocean because it’s filled with oil and some people don’t even want to come down south because they won’t be able to do the things they wanted to. This has effected many people and things in the Gulf of Mexico and along the shore.

What are some ways people are trying to clean up the oil?

Do you think this oil is gong to stop leaking soon? Why?

Are there any other affects on the environment or economy?

Oil Spill By: Lauren (Period 4)

Posted in 1 on June 10, 2010 by mrbgeography
           April 20, 2010 is a day that a record will soon break.  The largest oil spill ever was leaking into the beautiful area of the Gulf of Mexico.  Disaster came on that day.
          The oil spill was devastating many people are trying to prevent it.  One they put a dome over the oil.  This dome is not all the way down to the bottem like on the sand, they made it so it is not touching the sand and oil can stil leak out.  I do not think this is helping at all because all the oil is still leaking into the Gulf and soon it might reach the beautiful shore of Florida.  This disaster is horrible and people are trying to fix it but it has gone on too long they need to work MUCH faster so the beaches of so many states are safe and not covered in oil.
          Next, the marsh lands are in jepordy.  They are soon going to be covered in oil and many animals and fish are going to die or mabey become extinct.  They decided to put a wall around the marsh lands so some of the oil can not get in and their lives would be safe.  Sadly, the birds do not know that the oil is going to kill them and they fly over the wall and get caught in all the oil.  Nothing is safe when it comes to this oil spill.
          Finally, the food chain.  Our food chain is not working our too well because the fish are dying so the fishermen can not get fish and the people can not eat!!!!!!  Many places depend on food to make tons of money.  The fish is an amazing food and so many people would not live without it.  When the fish die we might start to starve if this oil spill dosn’t stop soon.
          In conclusion, it is evedent that the oil spill has to stop.  There are no good things about this oil spill and many lives of animals, fish and people might start to die all becuase of this oil spill.  We have to stop this we can all work hard and come up with new ideas so we can stop this oil still once and for all. 
 
            
 

“How Did I Get Here? -Emma Kowalczyk”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 by mrbgeography

   Keiran Kershaw, nine years old, who lives in a small town Spokane, went alone on a Delta Airlines to make a trip to Boston to visit his Grandparents. He had a layover in Minnisota and thats how they had said the mistake had happened. Delta Airlines had mistakingly, and innocently placed Keiran in a plane that landed in Cleaveland. Just think about how scared you would be if you were nine years old, and put on a plane alone to Cleaveland? I know I would freak out!

   Keiren says that the Delta employee switched the paperwork with another girl who was also traveling alone, and was on her way to see Cleaveland. I wonder what happened to the girl who was sent to Bosten? I wonder how she was feeling, and why she has not been interviewed on her experiance yet? Well, maybe she noticed right away and switched planes? No body knows.

  

How will Delta Airlines be charged? Will they even be charged? Maybe Keiran’s parents will not put on a charge on Delta Airlines, we still dont have the full scoop. Though when Keiran finally landed the adventurous ride his worried grandparents were complaining on how he is not just some lost luggage, he is a lost little boy. There were millions of questions, and confusion on how they mixed up a little boy, and a little girl, they just threw him on the plane like everybody else, and didnt even look up his name to see if he was rightly directed. Craziness strikes again, what will happen next? This is a very very scary event in time, but even though everybody makes mistakes, this istake could of been avoided.

If you were Keiran how would you react if your plane landed in Cleveland, and you were alone, and supposed to be in Boston?

How would you react if you were Kerian’s grandparents, or parents, and you found out that your grandchild, or child was put on a mistake plane to Cleveland?

Would you agree on charging Delta Airlines because of this mishap?

Can Robots Stop The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill? BY: Julio Devia

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 by mrbgeography

It’s robots to the rescue in the Gulf of Mexico or at least that’s what British oil giant BP hopes following a disastrous explosion and oil spill at trans ocean deep water horizon oil rig, 130 miles southeast of New Orleans.

Officials have deployed robotic submarines in an effort to contain the spill, which has grown to cover an area measuring some 1,900 square miles. BP quoted National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts as saying the spill is

It’s robots to the rescue in the Gulf of Mexico or at least that’s what British oil giant BP hopes following a disastrous explosion and oil spill at trans ocean deep water horizon oil rig, 130 miles southeast of New Orleans.

Officials have deployed robotic submarines in an effort to contain the spill, which has grown to cover an area measuring some 1,900 square miles. BP quoted National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts as saying the spill is “very thin” and on the surface of the ocean.

An ROV arm attempts to activate the blowout preventer at the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico.

The agencies have deployed four remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the wellhead about 5,000 feet below the ocean surface.

They are monitoring the leak, which was discovered Saturday, as well as trying to activate the blow out preventer,which is a 50-foot-tall, 450-ton mass of valves that can cap the wellhead and stop the oil flow.

The ROV’s which include machines such as the Millennium by oilfield engineering company Oceaneering  have apparently been on the job for several days, but without success. While ROVs have been used by the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years, this particular mission is highly complex due to the great depth of the wellhead, as well as the first of its kind.

If you can visualize it, it’s like robotic arms doing something outside the space station, BP spokesman was saying. It is operating something with a mechanical claw on it that grasps things and turns things and adjusts equipment way down at the floor of the ocean.

The 220-horsepower Millennium Plus weighs some 8,800 pounds and can descened 10,000 feet. It has a dual manipulator, as well as and fiber optic video and data links to surface operators. If the robots fail in their mission, BP will have to drill relief wells into the well bore to capture the oil, a task that could take months. Another idea is to install funnel-shaped covers at the site to capture the oil.

The Coast Guard believes the well is leaking about 42,000 gallons of oil a day into the ocean. Eleven workers went missing last week when the rig exploded and sank to the seabed. A Coast Guard search for the workers has been suspended.

Some are speculating that the accident is the worst U.S. offshore oil rig spill in decades. Let’s hope robots can mitigate the effects.

When i finished reading this article i was suprised of how much oil was spilled and how much damage really occured. also i just thought it was a spill but that huge, i think it’s also good that they are developing ideas to help take out the oil from the gulf sea of Mexico, but not one of their ideas are working some are but some are failing and they have to take some time in order to be prepared and well if they fail that’s what it said in the Artical but if they fail i think they are going to waste all from what they have paid for.

ARTICAL  QUESTIONS:

  • 1)  What did you think about the artical?
  • 2) Do you think these robots will fail their attempt? why or why not?
  • 3) can you think of other methods in way’s to help or  solve this problem of the gulf Mexico oil spill?

Fish By: Darby DeBonis

Posted in 1 on June 10, 2010 by mrbgeography
Tropical Fish

These are all different types of tropical fish, but just a few species are shown here.

            Fish are cold-blooded, aquatic animals that have scales, gills and fins. Some people may see fish and think nothing of them, others may see fish and think of how amazing, and extraordinary fish are. For instance, when I am in New York, I once saw a few fish in a  river, and become excited because the river is so polluted and living things are almost rare to be able to live in hat pollution. Unlike in Hawaii, tourists see colorful, unique, and riveting fish and are amazed, while the people who live there are not amazed and are only thankful that they are able to live with one of a kind animals.

             Just like kangaroos in Australia, fish are extraordinary and have a large history. Fish have been on the earth for over 450 million years, before dinosaurs were alive. Having there be 25,000 identified species of fish alive on the earth, 15,000 species haven’t been identified.  If someone was to combine all the species of amphibians, birds, and mammals, there are still more species of fish. Even though 40% of all fish species live in fresh water, less than 0.1% of the earth’s water is fresh. The largest fish in the world is the whale shark, the whale shark can grow to be fifty feet in length. The smallest fish is the Philippine goby that is less than 1/3 of an inch when fully grown. 

               Some species of fish have skeletons made of only cartilage. Two species of fish even have no jaw! Fish also feel pain, they have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste, and many species have a good sense of smell and “hearing”. But, one of the , most popular pet in the U.S are tropical fish. Yet, 95% of tropical fish mortalities are because of improper housing and nurturing. Many of the tropical fish in the United states are imported and harvested from Africa, Asia, and Central South America. Over all, many people misjudge fish for average, boring animals, but, as I have proved, fish are some of the most exciting animals know to man!

 Questions:

 1. If you could swim, or have swam, with tropical fish, what would, or how did, you react?

 2. Have you ever housed a tropical fish, is it still living, has it changed since you first received it?

 3. How do you feel about fish dying due to living in a bad habitat/ fish tank?