Monday, June 28, 2010

Muddy Waters In The Gulf of Mexico

If I want to understand something I draw a picture .. the drawing I have uploaded is: Gulf of Mexico For DuMMiEs!

At first everyone feels sorrow for the people who make "their living" from the now polluted Gulf Coast .. and we all feel for these people .. but when I decided to draw a picture to better understand what is taking place .. the part of the mind that draws did what you see right here in front of you .. you have to do this for yourself. The part of the mind that draws pictograms and pictographs is different than the part of the mind that reads and writes.

Now, a lot of people say: They cannot draw .. and cannot paint pictures. So, I suggest to get out a pen & paper or pencils & paper and you draw your understanding of this situation .. or you draw anything you want to understand or gain an insight into. The older part of the brain/mind will communicate with the 'intellect'.

It is not that you cannot 'draw' or 'paint' - but that you have lost the CONFIDENCE to draw .. and the CONNECTION. Human beings were drawing long before they were writing symbols and words. The first thing a child does is draw pictures. This is the oldest part of the brain. This is our connection to the oldest part of the brain.

I was surprised by my drawing, because it showed me the broad spectrum of exploitation and greed with too many humans putting increasing WEIGHT (pressure) on the oceans for RESOURCES. The drawing showed me the ever increasing pressure on the oceans of humans, governments and corporations competing for her RESOURCES.

Having said that lets go play in the MUD = mud volcanoes .. petroleum, hydrocarbons and gas '-)

Human Earth society today has this 'fuel' - this energy resource - which fires the structure of human existence on this planet, inside this current time-frame .. we call it PETROLEUM. What few people know is that today's modern intensive extraction of oil from the Earth's crust has its roots in a smaller more gentle relationship between early man and the 'blood of the planet'.

I have spent weeks researching this .. and those of you who have a scientific mind can understand and explain this better. My understanding so far is that man has used the oil seeping out of the Earth for thousands of years.

"More than 4000 years ago, according to Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus, asphalt was used in the construction of the walls and towers of Babylon; there were oil pits near Ardericca (near Babylon), and a pitch spring on Zacynthus.[30] Great quantities of it were found on the banks of the river Issus, one of the tributaries of the Euphrates. Ancient Persian tablets indicate the medicinal and lighting uses of petroleum in the upper levels of their society." Wiki-Petroleum

The story gets a lot more complex than that .. the relationship between oil extraction, mud volcanoes and methane stretches from the Caspian sea to Saudi Arabia .. and beyond ..

Let's time travel back to, Balakhani - January 13, 1887, where geologist Hjalmar Sjögren witnessed a mud volcano eruption at Baku on the Caspian Sea.

Eyewitness Accounts - 1887
Before I describe my own impressions, let me tell how others witnessed the eruption from a distance and from the Puta station. In the city of Baku itself, the streets suddenly brightened as if it were daytime even though it was actually almost midnight. This [eerie light] lasted a few minutes and then gradually disappeared.

At Villa Petrolea [the Noble Residence in the "Black City" industrial section of Baku], which is 17 verst from the site of the eruption, a number of employees of the Nobel Oil Company observed how this very bright explosion lit up the sky over Baku and its surroundings, enabling them to see the ships in the harbor and Nargin island. To the southwest, they described what they saw as a balloon-shaped ball of fire, rising slowly. Others say they saw something like a fountain of oil. Above the ball of fire, a white cloud appeared, which most likely was steam. It gradually took on the shape of a pine tree.

At the Puta station, I questioned everyone thoroughly. They told the interpreter and me that at the beginning, the ball of fire was about 75 meters high. The explosion was of such magnitude that everyone was awakened from sleep. The heat - even 2 verst distance from the volcano - was very uncomfortable and disturbing. The thundering sound of the eruption drowned out the sounds of trains.

The first eruption, which took place shortly after 11:30 p.m., was followed by a somewhat less violent one at midnight, and a third one about 15 minutes later. The ball of fire was full of clumps of mud, stones and burning gases. Also a lot of mud flowed out, not erupting so high up. Gradually, the flames and the heat lessened to a more steady rate which lasted until 5 o'clock in the morning.

At the time of the Deep Water Horizon explosion there were four men in a fishing boat under the rig (because fish gather around these rigs) - and later they film the mushroom cloud explosion - which tallies with the 1887 Mud Volcano "baloon shaped ball of fire" .. and in my mind the question arises .. did the Caspian sea drilling set off the land mud-volcano exposion?

One recent event that supports this is the Sidoarjo's Mud Volcano .. and from my research these disasters are part of any oil and gas exploration, and the geologists know it. The only reason the Gulf of Mexico blowout is right in your face, is because of the immense pressure and the fact that is it gushing out from under the ocean. Otherwise it would just be another 'Baku'.

60 Minutes -- Blowout Part One

"Mud volcanoes signify deposits of petroleum ..
like the ones found in the Gulf of Mexico"

Mud Volcano Eruption: Lokbatan - An Eyewitness Account in 1887
Baku & Oil. The Period of Industrial Oil Extraction

Mud Volcanoes - Oil & Tsunamis
After the Aceh Quake, Mud Volcano Causes Concern

Abiogenic Petroleum Origins

From my research so far it appears that oil and gas exploration follow the "mud volcano" trail (signature) and that the people involved absolutely know the dangers involved. Every now and then Murphy's Law dictates that an explosion occurs, or something goes wrong - but the benefits exceed the costs ..

"Mud Volcanoes are located around the world and continued to be found especially in submarine environments. They form in areas of rapid and extensive sedimentation causing abnormal fluid pressure that drives overthrust faults. This is where mud volcanoes commonly arise and they are typically associated with shale diapirs. The abnormal fluid pressure is increased by gas formation and the dehydration of clays.

"Methane plays major role in mud volcanism. It is a prerequisite for their formation, increases the pressure and most importantly acts as a possible marker for oil, gas and hydrate deposits."
[ Amanda E. MacKay - The formation of mud volcanoes and their association with oil and gas deposits." ]