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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: 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. 

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!


 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?

Oil spill spurs illnesses in Louisiana, Alabama By: Charlotte McAnulty Marking Period 4

Posted in 1 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

original author: Elizabeth Landau,

The oil has caused illness in Louisiana.  The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is aware of 71 cases of oil spill-related illness.  The oil is causing people to get sick, and 8 workers were actually hospitalized!  In the article, it talks about symptoms like, throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, headaches, and shortness of breath.  And most people who reported oil-related sickness were 18 to 64 years old.  The article also talks about health and how its best to stay away from the oil if you have a sensitive sense of smell.  This article is really about all the illnesses in Louisiana.

This article and the spill make me feel really sad.  I see the animals in pictures and videos, and I want to do something about it!  I feel bad for the people who were ill because of the oil! My grandfather died of illness, and knowing that there are people out there getting sick from the oil, it makes me sad!  I hate to know about a disaster, and not be able to help!  I found out that so many animals are dying, and I can’t do anything about it!

I hope that we can stop this disaster soon, because I can’t stand seeing and hearing out animals dying and getting at risk, and people getting ill.  I especially hope that some animals don’t go extinct because of this oil spill.  It would make me go crazy!  I am an animal lover, and hate seeing and hearing about these animals dying from all this oil.  I really hope that we can help these animals, and stop this oil!

  1. Have you ever gotten so sad over something you couldn’t do?
  2. What do you think of this spill? Why?
  3. What do you think people can do about this spill?

Bryce Harper #1 Pick of 2010 MLB Draft by Griffin per. 4

Posted in 1 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography


On Monday night the Washington Nationals added some power to their weak lineup.  With the #1 Pick in the 2010 MLB Draft they took Harper.  A JUCO(Junior College) player from the College of Southern Nevada.  Harper is a very interesting draft pick.  He is not surprising however.  Everyone expected him to go #1.  However, position and age are also major factors besides talent.

Harper's home runs at a home run derby at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Harper played catcher in college and high school.  He can also throw the ball 96mph which is incredible for a kid who is supposed to be a  in high school.  He can also hit the ball over 500 feet…  The nationals picked up an ace last year with the #1 pick.  Steven Strasburg from San Diego State who has a 103 mph fastball!  He recently pitched his pro debut Tuesday the 8th.  Not too bad for a rookie, 14 strikeout in 7 innings.  The Nats also have an up and coming catcher.  Where is Harper going to play??  The outfield.  Yes, Harper will play outfield.  They want to get him as many at bats as possible and remember he has a monster arm.

An interesting fact about Harper is that he is only 17.  He played 2 years in high school.  He then skipped his final 2 years to play JUCO ball so he was eligible for this years draft.  Harper is one of 6 players ever to get drafted as an outfielder under the age of 18.  He is on a pretty amazing list joining players like Daryll Strwberry, Ken Griffey Jr., Josh Hamilton, and Delmon Young who are or were incredible ballplayers.  Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo envisions Harper as a No. 3-type power hitter with a strong arm in right field.

“We’re going to take the rigor and the pressures of learning the position, the difficult position of catcher, away from him,” Rizzo said, “and really let him concentrate on the offensive part of the game and let his athleticism take over as an outfielder.”  That is a smart idea considering Harper hit .443 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs in his one and only year in JUCO.  That league also uses wood bats which is what Major Leagurs use while regular college players use much more powerful aluminum composite bats.  That shows his true power.  By the way those numbers are very impressive for an MLB player and keep in mind that at the College of Southern Nevada they dont play nearly as many games as they do in the majors.

I think this is a great move by the Nats.  They are consistently terrible but maybe not for long.  They have the 2 best players drafted drafted the past 2 years.  They have their pitcher in Strasburg and now they have a hitter in Harper.  Good move by Washington.  Hpwever, they did get lucky by having the #1 pick 2 years in a row where the #1 picks were out of this world.

#1.  Do you thing Harper will be successful in the majors?

#2.  Do you think Harper will make his debut earlier or later than this date next year?  (Strasburg was one year and one day from the day he got drafted)

#3.  Is it the right choice for Harper to be in the outfield?

A Second Extinction? By Sammy Sadel

Posted in 1 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

                The brown pelican was once so common on the coast of Louisiana that a picture of it is on the state flag. Then the 1960’s the brown pelican was almost extinct. The birds had been killed off by the pesticide known as DDT. In 1968, Louisiana reintroduced the brown pelican along the states southern coast by bringing in pairs of birds from Florida. The birds struggled because their wetlands habitat was threatened by levees and canals built on the Mississippi River. Finally in 1990, a coastal restoration project financed a rock barrier around the areas where the birds lived and the pelican began to flourish again. Last year the birds were officially taken off the endangered species list.

               The oil spill off the Louisiana coast has changed everything. The oil is covering the birds and making them sick. It is also poisoning the fish they eat. Lastly the oil is seeping through the shells of the pelican eggs and killing the developing baby birds. Rescuers are bringing birds they find covered in oil to a rehabilitation center where workers wipe the oil off and was the birds with Dawn dishwashing soap. A veterinarian at the center said that they are helping all the birds that they can but that oil covered birds stuck in the wild are likely to die.

                This reminds me of a story I learned. A girl was throwing starfish that washed up on the shore back into the ocean. A man comes up to her and asks, “Why are you throwing these starfish back into the ocean? There are so many of them, it will not make a difference.” The girl picks up a starfish and tells the man, “Yes, but it makes a difference to this one.” Then she throws the starfish back into the ocean. Every brown pelican that is saved can make a difference. Hopefully enough birds can be rescued to keep them from winding back up on the endangered species list again.

  • What are other ways we can help save the pelicans and other birds?
  • What can be done to help protect animal environments around oil drilling in the future?
  • Do you think we should drill for oil in coastal waters in the future?


Here is a link to a video on YouTube that shows what kinds of birds are being affected by the oil spill:

Here is a link to the original article by John Collins Rudolf and Leslie Kaufman from in the New York Times:

OIL CAP by Nimit Patel


U.S. officials said that a cap installed over a leaking oil pipe is capturing more than 460,000 gallons  of oil per day. Instead of spilling into the Gulf, the oil was being funneled up through pipe to a ship on the surface. The spill isn’t over, large amounts of oil still billow out of vents in the cap. But for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, humans seemed to be partly in control of the leaking BP well, instead of the other way around.

Admiral Allen a coast guard, yesterday told reporters a cap on the damaged oil well is keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf. That’s up from about 441,000 gallons on Saturday and about 250,000 on Friday. BP in a statement put the amount being captured at 466,200 gallons. Admiral Allen said the government was using its own flow-rate calculations and not relying on those from BP.

Some reflections that I have about this story is that I feel very bad for all the animals and people who live in the oil spill area. I think that all the animals might become extinct because of all the oil and then they will mostly become covered in oil. Another thing is that the oil is going to effect jobs and bussiness people in the area. Hopefully nothing will happen and then the oil will finally stop and end.

Will the oil go away by the end of the year?

What are other ways to stop the oil?

How does the oil effect jobs?