Plumes preserved underwater “like a giant refrigerator”; It’s the “Beast that we’re going to have to deal with in the future”


Tech scientists hold nothing back in battling effects of Gulf spill, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas), July 21, 2010:

“It’s so thick. It’s like chocolate mousse,” [Ron Kendall, Director of Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental & Human Health] said, referring to just the fraction on the surface, using his hands to demonstrate its weight. “You can’t even pick it up.” ...

[T]he plumes... Kendall said... The oil is suspended in mammoth globs below the surface, out of the reach of the best natural dispersant — the sun. The temperatures at those depths are basically preserving the giant globs “like a giant refrigerator.”

“I think (the plumes are) the beast that we’re going to have to deal with in the future,” he said, especially once more hurricanes and tropical storms stir them.

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