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Unformatted text preview: BP Disaster 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Offshore Drilling Oil extraction technique allows oil companies to access deposits buried under the ocean floor Oil Demand Plentiful source = ocean floor Drilling Locations drilling sites situated over the continental shelf(undersea extension of a continent ) Advantages of continental shelf? Easier extraction of minerals from sea floor Location Oil Oil Companies hire geologists to locate deposits Methods to find oil: sensitive gravity meters & magnetometers to measure tiny changes in gravitational & magnetic field that could indicate flowing oil detect the smell of hydrocarbons using sensitive electronic noses called sniffers Most common : seismology creating shock waves that pass through hidden rock layers and interpreting the waves that are reflected back to the surface shock wave created by the following:...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ECON 255 taught by Professor Ling during the Spring '11 term at Alaska Pacific University.

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