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Shell Starts Deep Water Production From Its Largest Platform
March 16, 2014 | Shell

Shell recently started producing from its largest floating deep-water drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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 |

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 |

“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 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 |

An article on 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” ( 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.

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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

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Yosemite Falls

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

Hurricane Sandy (NOAA image)
Above-Average Probability for Major Hurricanes
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 |

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.

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