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Alex R. Blackwell

The Martian Methane Surprise
Astrobiology Magazine
December 6, 2004


Ken Causey

And where is Mr. Morton?

I am in the habit of visiting this site on a nearly daily basis in search of easily digested bites of high signal to noise ratio space science news. However this site has seen none in over 3 months now.

I hope that Mr. Morton is well and that the long drought ends soon.

Joe Mansfield

ESA have finally confirmed a go date for MARSIS deployment - http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM42PXEM4E_index_0.html


I hope you ate the "octopus salad" at Ischia.. It's *phenomenal* :D


Wow! That's a relaly neat answer!


Compressed Air Jet Oil Combustor Basic IdeaInject one or more jets of hot compressed air (say 500F and 3000 psi) into the oil steram as it leaves the break.Just forward of the air jet is a high temperature igniter – say at 2500F.The oil-air mixture flowing over the igniter will “burn”, i.e. combine chemically just as if burning in air, forming carbon dioxide and water.This doesn’t stop the flow, but “cleans up” at the source. AdvantagesOil is burned at the source before it becomes dispersed.The technology is relatively simple; one or more compressed air pipes, an electric supply for the igniters and one or more compressors. Application to subsurface oil plumeReports have appeared indicating that a huge oil plume has formed below the surface – possibly due to the dispersants used.Compressed air injection might “burn” some of this oil while it’s concentrated.Technical Notes1. Each liter of compressed air at 500F and 3000 psi contains over 100 times the oxygen of a liter of air at atmospheric pressure and 70F, so will “burn” a large volume of oil.2. High air density should promote effective “burning”. This is a reverse “La Paz” effect. La Paz Bolivia is the worlds highest capital (11,900 ft) and has an abnormally low number of fires due to the low air density.


Meanwhile, Excel Energy is requesting a 17% rate hike, most they may get is 13%, but even that is asaronomictl, when you figure most working folks get a 2-3% yearly wage increase.And I, and most working folks are smart enough to know all about power companies expenses, and expansion plans to continue to bring energy to our homes but, 17%???????C'mon .who they foolin'?


, if we in North Dakota can capitalize and dleevop all our energy sources in a clean, sustainable way, and reinvest some of that new revenue into our people through more state funding for education and property tax relief, our economic future will be bright.We need to make sure our area residents benefit from these new and increasing revenue sources.

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