Talking Minerals: CNAS Interviews Saleem Ali

Christine Parthemore of the CNAS Natural Security team interviews the author of “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future.”

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Paint it Black: Oil in the Gulf

It’s been fifty-six days since an explosion shook the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by British Petroleum Plc. Current estimates show an additional 1.7 million gallons of oil are contaminating the Gulf of Mexico every day. With only minimal success in slowing the leak, we still do not have a definitive answer for the exact volume of oil that is creating an oil slick so large that it can be seen from space. In some ways, this could be considered the largest man-made feature ever created.

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