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Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event

  1. Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

    251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world. [2]

    55 million years later another methane bubble ruptured causing more mass extinctions during the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum (LPTM).

    The LPTM lasted 100,000 years. [3]

    Those subterranean seas of methane virtually reshaped the planet when they explosively blew from deep beneath the waters of what is today called the Gulf of Mexico.

    Now, worried scientists are increasingly concerned the same series of catastrophic events that led to worldwide death back then may be happening again-and no known technology can stop it.

    The bottom line: BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling operation may have triggered an irreversible, cascading geological Apocalypse that will culminate with the first mass extinction of life on Earth in many millions of years.

    The oil giant drilled down miles into a geologically unstable region and may have set the stage for the eventual premature release of a methane mega-bubble.


  2. If it's any consolation, those who believe in solar and wind energy will die with a hard on.
  3. Six months? Guess those LEAPS won't be worth much. Dammit.
    In all seriousness, let's hope this does not come to pass.

    "Most experts in the know, however, agree that if the world-changing event does occur it will happen suddenly and within the next 6 months."

    "So, if events go against Mankind and the bubble bursts in the coming months, Gregory Ryskin may become one of the most famous people in the world. Of course, he won't have long to enjoy his new found fame because very shortly after the methane eruption civilization will collapse."
  4. :D
  5. More pure garbage.....why post this crap on ET????????????
  6. An "earth fart"? Well, if it's anything like the one I ripped a couple weeks ago after dining on a sack of White Castles, we're all doomed.:eek:

    Wed Jul 14, 9:44 am ET
    Will human life be wiped out by a BP-induced methane eruption? No.
    By Brett Michael Dykes

    Let's just get this out of the way now: The BP oil disaster, while horrible in innumerable ways, is not literally the end of the world.

    If you've spent any considerable length of time on the Internet lately — and not just its dark conspiratorial alleys — you may have run across a number of geological reports that read like the plot of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie: BP may have haphazardly tapped into a violent reservoir of methane gas deep below Earth's surface, possibly setting off a chain of events that could lead to release of a "methane mega-bubble" capable of triggering floods of biblical proportions and emitting poisons into the atmosphere, effectively wiping humans off the face of the Earth.

    You're now probably wondering if it's time to start frantically compiling a bucket list of things to do before we're all killed off by a methane eruption. However, according to an expert interviewed by Yahoo! News, such doomsday predictions are "extreme" and highly unlikely to take place.

    “I wouldn’t believe that at all," Gregory Stone, director of the Louisiana State University Coastal Studies Institute, told us. "There’s a lot of press out there in regards to this event that is just inaccurate. We’ve got some of the best scientists in the world here, and we’re not concerned about that scenario at all."

    Another prominent scientist we contacted thought that the reports were such hogwash that he declined to even offer a comment to refute them.

    So what's the root of all these apocalyptic scenarios that some news sources have given credence to? Well, most of them seem to trace back to a single scientist, Gregory Ryskin, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Northwestern University. Ryskin published a paper in 2003 titled "Methane-driven oceanic eruptions and mass extinctions" in which he theorized that "mass extinction can be caused by an extremely fast, explosive release of dissolved methane," an eruption that would release "deep anoxic waters that cause extinctions in the marine realm," with extinctions on land brought about by "explosions and conflagrations that follow the massive release of methane" and by "eruption-triggered floods."

    In other words, we could all die from a massive earth fart.
  7. I would really like to hear more about this, but probably won't. If it is true, we'll all find out well too late. And all along we thought we had until 2012
  8. Agreed, why is it that many of the factual statements in the article have no cites:

    "Methane is now streaming through the porous, rocky seabed at an accelerated rate and gushing from the borehole of the first relief well. The EPA is on record that Rig #1 is releasing methane, benzene, hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases. Workers there now wear advanced protection including state-of-the-art, military-issued gas masks.

    Reports, filtering through from oceanologists and salvage workers in the region, state that the upper level strata of the ocean floor is succumbing to greater and greater pressure. That pressure is causing a huge expanse of the seabed-estimated by some as spreading over thousands of square miles surrounding the BP wellhead-to bulge. Some claim the seabed in the region has risen an astounding 30 feet."


    "More evidence? A huge gash on the ocean floor—like a ragged wound hundreds of feet long—has been reported by the NOAA research ship, Thomas Jefferson. Before the curtain of the government enforced news blackout again descended abruptly, scientists aboard the ship voiced their concerns that the widening rift may go down miles into the earth.

    That gash too is hemorrhaging oil and methane. It’s 10 miles away from the BP epicenter. Other, new fissures, have been spotted as far as 30 miles distant.

    Measurements of the multiple oil plumes now appearing miles from the wellhead indicate that as much as a total of 124,000 barrels of oil are erupting into the Gulf waters daily-that’s about 5,208,000 gallons of oil per day. "

    No evidence for any of these claims. I googled for Thomas Jefferson and gash and only found other questionable sites citing this article as the source. That plus these claims of a gov't news blackout (????) have all the makings of a tinfoil hat crowd mentality.
  9. Why don't you surf the net, along with the rest of the crazies, al gore, and the lunatics who are spoofing those ignorant people that wish to believe a lie.

    I don't wish to disparage anyone, but those who spread this crap and those folks that believe this crap are simply Ignorant!!!!!!
  10. For the truly religious this is welcome news. We're all very ready at any moment to meet our maker.

    Very interesting. Thanks for posting. I would like to see follow up.
  11. Boy are you in for some serious disappointment.
  12. And suddenly a solution to the crisis was found. No one thought anything could save us. A tax!

    Only the Poisonous Gas Tax, a massive and permanent tax regardless of its actual intended use, can prevent the methane from escaping and totally destroying the latest 2010 hairstyles.
  13. Regarding the methane burp theory:

    "However, the pattern of isotope shifts expected to result from a massive release of methane do not match the patterns seen throughout the early Triassic. Not only would a methane cause require the release of five times as much methane as postulated for the PETM,[11] but it would also have to be re-buried at an unrealistically high rate to account for the rapid increases in the 13C/12C ratio (episodes of high positive δ13C) throughout the early Triassic, before being released again several times.[11]"

  14. And besides, only "70 percent of terrestrial vertebrate species becoming extinct" during that event and that was before we had iPads so I'm sure as a species we will have a much higher survival rate than creatures 250 million years ago.
  15. I knew we should have colonized space long ago, disaster is coming to earth sooner or later, why is it that after 40 years, we can only escape the solar system with Voyager, we need to invest in terraforming, use nuclear propulsion technology and reach the nearest stars ASAP
  16. You mean those who don’t understand that basic math/physics show solar & wind are fairy tales when it comes to producing significant amounts of energy?
  17. The bible says that the second destruction will come from fire.
  18. what an embarrassing way to go. future survivors tens of thousands of years from now will read history about how the earth was wiped out by smelling a big fart.
    you would want the future to read of our extinction of something exciting like getting hit by an asteroid. Make it a heroic tale of survival of very few from the off course space debris, or giant tsunamis wiping out almost all of mankind.

    no ... we have to be remembered as the ones that sniffed the earths ass.
  19. Let's ask octopus Paul
  20. doesn't methane and the list of poisonous gases escape during a volcanic eruptions? so what is so spectacular about this one?
  21. Its amazing how much bs is floating around about end of world scenario. 2012, Planet X, Mayan Clock, people have way too much time on their hands to think freely :D
  22. Lol... Did Helium just hired someone from National Inquirer?
  23. This story would make a hell of a movie
  24. It is nice to know that one smoker can save the whole Earth, he only needs a lighter handy:

    Methane - meth - CH4 is a colorless, flammable, nontoxic gas with a sweet, oil type odor.
  25. No, they don't, there is no consensus on how it happened.

    Nor did it happen quickly, as the extinctions occurred over a span of millions of years.

  26. No, it doesn't say that. What,. ,do you get your bible knowledge from science and history channel?

  27. Wall St News? Really?

    Another notch down for quality of content on ET.
  28. Is Terence Aym a.k.a the CEO of BP?

    Helium - Where Knowledge Rules!? Is this a joke?
  29. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.
  30. beautiful! :D
  31. This story might frame the methane problem in a more realistic light.



    The danger of loss of buoyancy and cascading tsunamis in the Gulf of Mexico -- caused by the release of the massive methane and poisonous gas bubble -- has been a much lower probability in the early period of the crisis, which began on April 20th. However, as time goes by and the risk increases, this low probability high impact scenario ought not to be ignored, given that the safety and security of the personnel involved remains paramount. Could this be how nature eventually seals the hole created by the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher?
  32. We can beat mother nature. Let's use the MOAB.

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  33. This sounds like the next Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster...where a team of scientists lead by Bruce Willis undergo a treacherous mission to deliver a giant dose of 'Beano' to prevent the Earth from unleashing a catastrophic fart.
  34. Ok, I originally misread this to mean the second destruction of the earth (first was flood), not the second angel in Revelation.

    I'll go sit down quietly now

  35. so it takes 4 billion years and everything goes off with a gigantic fart, sounds like something from hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
  36. That's not going to make for an exciting movie. May have to apply some artistic license when this is filmed and compress those millions of years down to a couple of days. :)
  37. Yeah, I miss Firefly also.
  38. As much as I like Willis flicks, wouldn't that just insure the fart happens and set it all on fire as it erupts?
  39. Just be careful:


    :D :D
  40. Uh, methane is highly flammable...


    I suspect that alien civilizations are aware of this pending doom in 2012 because they have advanced technology that can scan the Earth's mantle, and are doing field research of the Earth to colonize it:

  41. Yeah, that's a real bummer ain't it? I think I'm gonna go smoke that fat joint I've saving for later :D


  42. I believe you've never read the bible.
  43. This thread reminds me of the time when I was a senior in college and majoring in physics and math. I had a math teaching job at the local high school in the afternoon. Every day at the end of the class I would talk a little bit about science. The day that I remember best is when I started talking about the theory of the heat death of the universe which was taught in thermodynamics.

    The theory is that the universe will get colder and colder as time goes by until all life will cease. A boy stood up and reminded me that the bible said the earth would be destroyed by fire and I assured him that the heat death theory didn't rule that out.

    That night I got a call at home from the principal who had been getting calls from irate parents all afternoon and he asked me to never discuss anything in class that contradicted the bible.:D
  44. well technically, when the Sun goes Nova, the Earth will be consumed by"fire" along with other inner planets...
  45. consumed by fire may not be so improbable, considering humans might try to nuclear each other out, all u need is a trigger
  46. It's odorless.
  47. Not sure if you guys missed the news, but the spill is totally stopped for now.
  48. Amen!