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Could deep-ocean drilling cause a mass extinction?

  1. Jul 15, 2010 #1
    Mass extinction as a result of oil spill.

    http://www.helium.com/items/1882339-doomsday-how-bp-gulf-disaster-may-have-triggered-a-world-killing-event" [Broken]

    Any thoughts? Smells of crackpot to me.
     
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  3. Jul 15, 2010 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Re: Perhaps something new for Ivan to add to the banned topic list?

    There is more than idle speculation that a fissure in the ocean floor could result in a planet-changing release of methane. Rising ocean temperatures were thought by some to be the cause of one mass exinction; as per the so-called clathrate gun hypothesis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate

    The notion that drilling might cause such an event is at best highly speculative.

    Something like this would require a published paper to merit discussion; and then in a regular forum, like Earth Sciences.

    The title of the thread has been changed and the thread is locked.
     
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