Group 4 Physics - Group 4 Physics Cause The spill was...

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Group 4 Physics Cause The spill was caused by an eruption of pressurized methane gas from a well 1.5 kilometers below sea level. Then a series of explosions sank the rig causing the pipe that ran between the rig and the oil well to rupture. Then oil began to disperse into the Gulf through multiple sources in the ruptured pipe. Dispersion The spill started on April 20 in the initial explosion and then continued to July 15 when the leak was capped. It’s estimated that about 4.9 million barrels of oil had leaked. Publicized estimates have ranged from 1,000 to 100,000 barrels a day. Although on July 15 before the well was finally capped a final estimate was reported at 53,000 barrels per day, none of these estimates are certain and vary greatly. This is due to the turbulent flow and the uncertain water content of the oil- water-gas mixture. Spot measurements of the flux at any given moment can’t be scaled up reliably, because the flow may not be constant. Satellite photos and boat measurements used help to assess the distribution and thickness of the surface
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