Wednesday, August 4, 2010
BP Oil disaster stalls Gulf Loop Current
Recently when I was in Bimini I asked a few people if there had been any signs of the infamous BP tar balls that have been washing up on beaches throughout the Gulf. I was worried that Bimini, sooner or later, was due to get its unfair share of the toxic gobs due to its proximity to the Loop Current and to the Gulf Stream. Fortunately, I didn't see any, but one of the reasons for this might be the report from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) of Fascati Italy. According to Gianluigi Zangari, a theoretical physicist and complex and chaotic systems analyst at the Italian research center, the Gulf Loop Current, as of 28 July, has effectively stalled because of the BP oil disaster. According to Zangari this could have catastrophic ramifications on the planet's ecosystem as early as 2011, resulting in widespread droughts, floods and crop failures. The Loop Current is considered one of the major "motors" of the Gulf Stream, which in turn is responsible for keeping a good part of New England and Western Europe temperate during the winter. Zangari is now looking for evidence that the Loop Current is reestablishing itself.