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Nature has a solution for everything

Primitive bacteria are eating the oil in the gulf.

It makes sense. Oil is bound to have accidentally spilled out in the past, even before human interference (how else would we have discovered it to begin with?) so it makes sense that nature has a solution to the problem of spilled oil.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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christinathena
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Not as good as it sounds, alas. In eating the oil, they're using up the oxygen. So, you're exchanging water with oil in it for water with no oxygen in it. Either way, water that animals can't live in.

(Plus, call me a cynic, but I'm skeptical of claims from the government about the oil spill not being as bad as first thought)

Edited at 2010-08-31 02:25 pm (UTC)
fayanora
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Part of me wanted to respond with "But the ocean is right by the air!" but I suspect that there's more to it than that.
christinathena
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Yeah. The surface layer of the ocean can absorb gases from the air, although slowly, but the deeper layers can't. They get their oxygen from the slow mixing of the surface layer, where photosynthesis occurs, and deeper layers, so when oxygen is depleted, it takes a while to be restored.
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