[Coral-List] Oil Strands Turks and Caicos. (Jack.Sobel)

Gene Shinn eshinn at marine.usf.edu
Sun Jul 25 14:25:35 EDT 2010

Well you are certainly up wind and up current from deep horizon.  So 
you tell us where  its from ---if is it really is oil?Gene

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>       Caicos. (Jack.Sobel)
>    3. IMCC 2011 Call for proposals (John Cigliano)
>    4. Re: Re-post Observations of Sub-surface Oil (Steve Gittings)
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>From: "Jack.Sobel" <Jack.Sobel at noaa.gov>
>Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral-List Digest, Vol 23,	Issue 19 Oil
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>I think this is a bit of a stretch. Trinidad is quite a distance from
>and neither upwind nor up current from the Turks and Caicos (unless you
>count going all the way around the Caribbean current).  Trinidad's
>refineries are not the ones closest to the Turks and Caicos.  Jack Sobel.
>>     1. Oil strans turks and Cacos (Gene Shinn)
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>>  Message: 1
>>  Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 20:09:48 -0400
>>  From: Gene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
>>  Subject: [Coral-List] Oil strans turks and Cacos
>>  To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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>>  Ruth. The most likely source of oil in your area is offshore Trinidad
>>  (up current and upwind from you) where there are natural oil seeps,
>>  production, and  several refineries. Gene
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>Subject: [Coral-List] IMCC 2011 Call for proposals
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>The  call for proposals for symposia, workshops, and focus groups is
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>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 18:12:36 -0400
>From: Steve Gittings <Steve.Gittings at noaa.gov>
>Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Re-post Observations of Sub-surface Oil
>To: Steve Kolian <stevekolian at hotmail.com>
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>Steve - Thanks for sending the video out.  I was wondering if you have
>anyone analyzing any samples for oil.  We've seen floculent material in
>the NW Gulf on many occasions, and I can't tell from the video whether
>these underwater plumes contain mechanically or chemically dispersed
>oil, whether they may just be oil that collected in organic material
>during its ascent, or whether it is what we used to call sea snot (the
>term we used to describe flocculent organics in the water column).
>Steve Kolian wrote:
>>  Hello, this is a cleaned up, annotated version of the report 
>>posted earlier this week.
>>  Report July 19th 2010:  Observations of Sub-surface Oil south of 
>>the Mississippi River
>>  On July 15th 2010, a new type of subsurface oil and dispersant 
>>signature was observed by Paul Sammarco and Scott Porter (Louisiana 
>>Universities Marine Consortium ? LUMCON). It consisted of a large 
>>plume of white stringy mucus-like material. It was detected at two 
>>locations (Grand Isle (GI) 93C & GI-90A) occurring between 0 ft and 
>>120 ft below the surface and beyond.  The substance varied in size 
>>from small flakes to long strings that extended up to 6 feet 
>>(Sammarco and Porter 2010).
>>  They observed two distinct plumes of oil and dispersants on July 
>>15th at these sites.  There was the more common greenish cloudy 
>>sub-surface plume consisting of fine particulate matter in the 
>>upper 30 ft of the water column.  The last time GI 93 was visited, 
>>on June 16, 2010, the same type of turbidity was observed, except 
>>that it was confined to the upper 20 feet of the water column. 
>>White mucus-like flocculent material was not observed during the 
>>June 16 dive and the depth of the more common greenish plume did 
>>not appear to be as large. There was no surface oil or sheen on 
>>either day (EcoRigs 2010a).  At this point, it is not known whether 
>>the white flocculent material was derived from an oil and 
>>dispersant mixture or organic material discharged within the 
>>Mississippi River plume, known to often sweep through this sector. 
>>  A common nepheloid layer was observed near the bottom ? a turbid 
>>area, probably comprised mostly of suspended sediment and organic 
>>material.  Because of the limited visibility, it was not possible 
>>to tell whether there was accumulated oil covering the bottom, most 
>>likely composed of high molecular weight hydrocarbons (e.g., PAHs ? 
>>Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).  This is a highly sedimented 
>>area, due to contributions from the Mississippi River and its 
>>distributaries, near the Mississippi Canyon area.
>  > Similar flocculent material has been observed before; however, it 
>was brown and not as persistent.  At Main Pass (MP) 311, on June 6, 
>2010, large pieces of semi-translucent mucus-like materials were 
>present below the brown particulate type of plume.  On this day, the 
>brown oil and dispersant plume occupied the upper 20 feet of the 
>water column (EcoRigs 2010b).
>>  Finally, some base-line data of water conditions were collected at 
>>GI-93. The video captured in July of 2009 at GI-93 by Toby 
>>Armstrong (2009) suggests that thespecies composition of fishes 
>>observed during pre-spill conditions from the current composition. 
>>A large population of fish at GI-93 and -90 still remains, however. 
>>Red snapper and amberjack were present on July 15th in greater 
>>populations than previously observed, although red snapper are 
>>known to be transient.  Video and analysis of fish and invertebrate 
>>populations are forthcoming.
>  > 
>>  Report by Paul W. Sammarco, Scott Porter, Toby Armstrong, and Steve Kolian. 
>>  Armstrong, Toby 2009. Video footage taken by Toby Armstrong July 
>>2009. Project supported by EcoRigs staff, self-funded.
>>  EcoRigs 2010a. Video footage taken by Scott Porter, June 16th 2010 
>>at GI 93. Project supported by EcoRigs staff, self-funded.
>>  EcoRigs 2010b. Video footage taken by Allen Walker, June 16th 2010 
>>at GI 93. Project supported by staff of EcoRigs, self-funded.
>>  Sammarco, P. and S. Porter, 2010. ROV video, Sammarco LUMCON, 
>>Chauvin, LA, (7/15/10); project supported by Louisiana State 
>>University Coastal Marine Institute/U.S. Dept. of Interior ? 
>>Minerals Management Service (MMS).
>>  Best Regards, Steve Kolian 225-910-0304 cell
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