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A small nuclear explosion thousands of feet below the floor of the Gulf should not leak much radiation, IF it works as intended. But there have been suggestions that the floor of the Gulf might undergo a massive downward collapse due to the loss of oil in the reservoir. Such a collapse might stop the flow, or it might create a path for the entire reservoir to escape. I have no idea.

Qualified people carefully examining the available data, including the drill core of Deepwater Horizon itself, and collecting additional data as indicated, should be able to better assess the situation, but I would not rule out Simmons's suggestion. I would ask the Russians for consultation and for access to data on their experience.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 01:28:03 PM EST
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