May 1st, 2010
How’s that spewing underwater oil gusher workin’ out for ya?
The surface area of a catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill quickly tripled in size amid growing fears among experts that the slick could become vastly more devastating than it seemed just two days ago.
I’m seriously considering the possibility or necessity of having to move away from New Orleans. But where can I find a remotely Carribean U.S. coastal city with it’s own unique vibe? …How about Key West, in the Conch Republic! That’s the ticket. Papa doble me, baby!
The slick nearly tripled in just a day or so, growing from a spill the size of Rhode Island to something closer to the size of Puerto Rico, according to images collected from mostly European satellites and analyzed by the University of Miami.
Experts also cautioned that if the spill continues growing unchecked, sea currents could suck the sheen down past the Florida Keys and then up the Eastern Seaboard.
The Florida Keys are home to the only living coral barrier reef in North America, and the third largest coral barrier reef in the world. About 84 percent of the nation’s coral reefs are located in Florida, where hundreds of marine species live, breed and spawn.
“If it gets into the Keys, that would be devastating,” said Duke University biologist Larry Crowder.
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