Deepwater Horizon oil plume more than twice all natural seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Friday, August 20, 2010  Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 2:00 PM     Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8:42 PM

In a peer-reviewed article published today in Sciencexpress, an online research magazine, the scientists say the concentration of toxic constituents of oil found in the plume indicate that twice as much oil was being supplied by the wellhead to that plume than was released by all natural petroleum seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico, which means the plume itself could not have been created by the seeps.


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Disaster Defined

An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

A disaster is a perceived tragedy, being either a natural calamity or man-made catastrophe. It is a hazard which has come to fruition. A hazard, in turn, is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or that may deleteriously affect society or an environment.

In the modern world, the traditional view of natural disasters as punishments for human wickedness has given way to the scientific study of the causes of seemingly unpredictable acts of nature. In recent years, however, scholars have placed more emphasis on the roles played by greed and indifference to potential human suffering in many seemingly "natural" disasters.

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