NPR: Oil gusher characterized as a "sneeze" and a "cappuccino maker"


Assessing The Health Of The Gulf, Post-Spill, NPR 'Science' Friday, January 21, 2011:

Transcript Excerpts

Dr. D'ELIA [LSU PROFESSOR:... So the size of the Gulf, and the fact that it came out like a cappuccino maker, almost, I think really benefitted us. ...

FLATOW [NPR HOST]: Cappuccino plume...

Dr. BOESCH [Obama Oil Spill Commission member]: Yeah, I actually use the metaphor of a sneeze rather than a cappuccino maker - dispersing these droplets out. ...

BARBARA [AUDIENCE]: ... My understanding is if there are layers of micro-droplets that are persistent and fairly cohesive and still existing in the Gulf, and there are some real concerns about the trophic-level impacts, both short term and long term. I was wondering if you could speak to that, because I'm a little concerned that we're characterizing these as sneeze droplets in cappuccino, and that they haven't... disappeared ...

Dr. COLLIER [NOAA]: So, I'm not (unintelligible) transport guy, but in terms of toxicology and the food web, certainly, it can have an impact if you get enough oil on the base of the food chain to destroy it and to have impacts for animals...

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