Nature is More Resilient Than We Think

by Sal on July 29, 2010

in Natural Disasters,Nature,Politics

60,000 barrels of oil a day gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  Environmental Disaster.  The worst oil spill in the history of the world.  A disaster beyond epic proportions, which will plague the Gulf for years to come.  We’ve been hearing about this for months now, with no end in sight.  The Federal Government under the direction of Obama has even suspended all Domestic offshore drilling, so big is the disaster.  Well, if its such a big disaster, where has all the oil gone? Yes, that’s right.  The state-run media is now reporting that –  ghasp – nature has done most of the work in cleaning up the oil!  At least 40% of it evaporated, and the rest is being devoured by oceanic microbes, who feast on this stuff like candy.  The money quote from this Yahoo! news story:

Perhaps the most important cause of the oil’s disappearance, some researchers suspect, is that the oil has been devoured by microbes. The lesson from past spills is that the lion’s share of the cleanup work is done by nature in the form of oil-eating bacteria and fungi. The microbes break down the hydrocarbons in oil to use as fuel to grow and reproduce. A bit of oil in the water is like a feeding frenzy, causing microbial populations to grow exponentially.

So, nature feeds on oil.  This is hardly surprising, as unlike what environmentalists would like you to believe. Oil is a natural substance, and seepages from the ocean floor are common.  The lesson from this is that nature is resilient.  It is not as easy to destroy as we think.  Mother nature is doing more to fix this oil spill than any Government agency or moratorium on drilling could ever do, and we should be humbled by the thought that it is not so easy for us as human beings to do long-term damage to the Earth.

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rick August 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I think that is is a little to early to foretell what the effects of the Gulf Oil Leak will have on the surrounding eco-culture. Obviously, most of the long-term effects of the oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound were not evident within the first year of the spill.


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