MicroBlog1.docx - Sarah Miza Microblog#1 In chapter one we are introduced to Neil and Axel and their unnamed driver who go to an abandoned gas station

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Sarah Miza Microblog #1 In chapter one, we are introduced to Neil and Axel, and their unnamed driver, who go to an abandoned gas station. They planted a detonator near the underground storage tank, and set it off, resulting in flames to shoot out into the air. Chapter two starts with Christina Gonzalez, a graduate student at UCLA, digging through asphalt seeps in Pit 91 at Rancho La Brea Tar Pits. Her volunteer Linda was assisting her. The tar pits contain oil-eating bacteria, which causes gases to rise, and the tar pits to bubble. A huge gas bubble burs, and sprinkled onto the tourists that were visiting. A bigger bubble resulted in the tar to rain down, coating many people. Christina noticed that the air smelled something like vinegar, but did not know if that was relevant. Chapter three starts with Christina’s activist cousin, River, and her boyfriend Mickey, getting arrested during a protest. Christina picks them up in the X-car, which runs on “ E. coli isobutanol”, which was given to her by Dr. Chen, her mentor. She explains to her cousin and Mickey that her Ph.D. thesis is about getting energy from non-conventional oil fields. Petroleum deposits contain heavy crude oil and are trapped in tar sands. The purpose of Dr. Chen’s project is to see if they can harvest the energy from the tar sands without actually digging up the oil.
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  • Spring '14
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