Week 1 assignment - Disaster In the Gulf The Gulf of Mexico...

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Disaster In the Gulf The Gulf of Mexico is now a disaster zone once again. The largest off shore oil spill in History. This catastrophe has killed wildlife, marine life, and threatened the livelihood of many local residents from fisherman, shrimp farmers, and tourists businesses. There was an explosion April 20, 2010 on the oil drill platform which started with three major under water leaks. The explosion was caused by a bubble of methane gas that ruptured several seals before it exploded. The Deepwater Horizon rig had not inspected Key Rig Components in ten years; their negligence caused 11 people to die and 17 people injured. Approximately 184 million gallons of oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. This has caused extreme damage to the marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has threatened the environment due to petroleum toxicity, oxygen depletion, the use of Corexit, and numerous other chemicals. Methane alone can possibly asphyxiate Marine Life and create dead zones where oxygen is diminished. (According to Author Jimmy Wales
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course HUM 111 taught by Professor Victoriawhite during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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Week 1 assignment - Disaster In the Gulf The Gulf of Mexico...

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