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    Default Deep-sea ice crystals stymie Gulf oil leak fix

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO Icelike crystals encrusting a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box meant to contain oil gushing from a broken well deep in the Gulf of Mexico forced crews Saturday to back off a long-shot plan to contain the leak.

    Deep-sea ice crystals stymie Gulf oil leak fix - Yahoo! News

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    I find it difficult to imagine the sea floor cold enough to form ice crystals, especially below a semi-tropical region like the Gulf of Mexico.

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    That is an interesting point. I guess 5,000 feet is pretty far down there..

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    5,000 ft is almost a mile down. There's no light that reaches that far, so the temp is much cooler than at the surface.

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    What a strange and peculiar World! But I would have thought the oil itself might melt the slush inside the dome since the oil can't freeze, but I'm only trying to be logical, without technical expertise. They had better find a way to melt the slush, or that entire geophysical area is dead, and they know it!

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