March 2, 2014 | Geology.com
Salt glaciers (also known as namakiers) are masses of salt that erupt onto Earth’s surface and flow downslope under their own weight.
They develop where salt domes rise high enough to reach the surface.
February 27, 2014 | Geology.com
Salt Domes are mounds or columns of salt that have risen above their parent rock unit because of the salt’s low specific gravity.
They serve as oil and natural gas reservoirs; sources of sulfur; sources of salt; underground storage sites for oil, natural gas and helium; and, disposal sites for hazardous waste.
Educators Diving in the Gulf of Mexico|
December 10, 2013 | Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) is a five-day workshop designed for educators, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and sponsored by ConocoPhillips through a generous donation. The workshop includes two days of on-land coral reef education, followed by three days of scuba diving aboard a live-aboard vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. It focuses on the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located about 115 miles off the Texas coast.
Natural Gas Flaring from Space|
October 30, 2013 | Geology.com
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
Deepwater Drilling is Akin to Space Exploration|
October 12, 2013 | BizJournals.com
“Exploration and production for oil and natural gas in the deepest of waters requires such advanced technology that it’s akin to space exploration.” Quoted from the BizJournals.com article.
Related: The world’s tallest structure is an oil platform.
The Dry Hole that Led to $1.5 Trillion in Crude|
September 22, 2013 | Bloomberg.com
An article on Bloomberg.com tells the story of BAHA, an ultra-deep well in the Gulf of Mexico that opened the door to $1.5 trillion in crude in 1996.
Related: Magnolia Tension Leg Platform – The World’s Tallest Structure
Satellite Image of Two Storms Hitting Mexico|
September 18, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory
“With 5,800 miles of coastline surrounded by warm tropical and subtropical waters, Mexico is no stranger to tropical storms. But on September 15-16, 2013, the country experienced a rare double strike as two storms moved ashore simultaneously, one from the Pacific and one from the Atlantic.” Quoted from the Earth Observatory image release.
September 5, 2013 | Adrift
An interesting website is “Adrift” (Adrift.org.au). On this site you can click on a point in the ocean and a computer model will map the direction that floating debris would travel – both forward in time and backwards.
Monitoring the Nitrate Pulse of the Mississippi River|
August 29, 2013 | USGS
Cutting edge optical sensor technology is being used in the Mississippi River basin to more accurately track the nitrate pulse from small streams, large tributaries and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.
Secrets of Whale Shark Migration|
August 27, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has a story that explores the migration habits of the world’s largest fish – the whale shark – that can grow to lengths of up to 40 feet and weigh up to 5 tons.
Most Popular: July 1 to July 15|
July 17, 2013 | Geology.com
Caves Discovered by Construction Projects
100 Million Barrel Discovery in the Gulf?
Six Planets – Three in Habitable Zone
Oil Industry Job Profiles
Monsoon Rains and Debris Flows in Arizona
Sunken Cypress Forest in the Gulf of Mexico|
July 16, 2013 | CBS News
Scuba divers have discovered the remains of a “sunken cypress forest” in sixty feet of water, ten miles from land in the Gulf of Mexico.
100 Million Barrel Discovery in the Gulf?|
July 7, 2013 | FuelFix
Royal Dutch Shell reports that one of their recent discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico has the potential to produce 100 million barrels of oil.
A Large Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico?|
June 20, 2013 | USGS
“Scientists are expecting a very large “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and a smaller than average hypoxic level in the Chesapeake Bay this year, based on several NOAA-supported forecast models.” Quoted from the USGS Newsroom.
The Largest Bony Fish in the Ocean Video|
June 11, 2013 | National Geographic
Researchers operating a remote control diving vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico captured several minutes of video of a rare, deep-sea oarfish – the largest bony fish in the ocean. Video on NationalGeographic.com.
Above-Average Probability for Major Hurricanes
Hurricane Sandy (NOAA image)
April 15, 2013 | Colorado State University
“We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much or how little activity is predicted.” Quoted from the Colorado State University press release.
Plummeting Gas Share from the Gulf of Mexico|
April 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration reports on the falling natural gas production rates from the Gulf of Mexico and the plummeting share of United States natural gas being produced in the Gulf.
Red Tide Kills Nearly 200 Manatees|
March 13, 2013 | CNN
Nearly 200 manatees have been killed by a red tide off the coast of southwest Florida.
Deep-Water Investments in the Gulf of Mexico|
March 1, 2013 | Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
Even though most of the media attention in the United States is going to unconventional oil and gas plays, deep-water investments in the Gulf of Mexico are still being made.
Related: The World’s Tallest Structure
What is Killing the Coral?|
February 15, 2013 | National Science Foundation
Elkhorn coral and 65 other species of reef-building corals were recently proposed for “endangered species” designation. Researchers are working to understand why these corals are disappearing from the Florida Keys and other locations.
An Oil Platform as “World’s Tallest Structure”?|
January 14, 2013 | Geology.com
Although only a few hundred feet of the Magnolia Platform is visible above water level its total height from the bed of the seafloor to the top of the platform is 4,698 feet (1,432 meters). Some people consider it the world’s tallest structure.