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] BP'S Benzene Blows ashore in the Gulf. Chris Landau (Geologist/meteorologist)
Please open the link to see a map of benzene locations I have plotted, for 114 points using data from the EPA web site. I have used values above 4 parts per billion for data gathered by the mobile testing stations for the period June 24-29. Some data may have been omiitted. It was not intentional and I hope to improve on data translation to 2-d maps which are easier to assimilate. What we are all looking for is the big picture. We need to look after ourselves. I hope you find it useful.Can it rain oily compounds in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes! Chris Landau geologist & meteorologist
Can it rain oily compounds in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes! Chris Landau geologist & meteorologist
Do not let your kids eat the hail or drink the rainwater. It is likely to contain some benzene and cyclohexane. Can it rain oily compounds? The short answer is it certainly can. It is also not complex to work out which chemical compounds will be coming down in our rainwater. It is those with a similar boiling point and freezing point to water. It is those that are not too heavy, that are similar to that of air at 1.2 kg per cubic meter. They should be able to rise easily to upper atmospheric levels.
Let us start with water. On earth at everyday working temperatures matter has 3 phases. They are solid, liquid and gas. We know these phases by other names called ice, water and steam.
Water is ICE or a SOLID at 32 degrees F or below that temperature. It turns to WATER or a LIQUID at temperatures slightly above 32 degrees C. It starts evaporating as soon as it is liquid and starts changing to steam or vapor until at our atmospheric pressures, at sea level, it is all STEAM or WATER VAPOR or GAS at 212 degrees F.
In the case of benzene and cyclohexane, these chemical compounds found in oil, change from a solid (ice) at 42 and 44 degrees F, and start evaporating rapidly until at 176 and 177 degrees F they are all vapor or gas.