Could BP Oil Spill in The Gulf of Mexico result in Subsidence of Ocean Floor ?
May 3, 2010 5:51 PM Subscribe
Can anyone address the possibility/ likelihood of ocean floor subsidence in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent continental shelves due to the rapid depressurization of pockets of hydrocarbons as a result of the BP Oil Disaster/ Spill? Will the ocean floor open up to allow sea water to fill the ever-growing vacuum/ void?
posted by mickeefynn to science & nature (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm reading that there are most likely 50,000 barrels of oil spewing out from the scuttled BP oil rig site per day, not the low-ball 5,000 barrel estimate so commonly quoted in the press. I have also read in an AP story that once the remaining pipe erodes below the ocean floor, a huge chasm will open and the oil spill will be unstoppable. How can this occur without major subsidence and intake of ocean water???