April 20, 2011
Earth Prevails Through Worst US Environmental Disaster
Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com
As we count down the days until Earth Day, April 20 falls on the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe that brought on the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The irony of the date is uncanny, but the true story regarding this anniversary is how well the Gulf of Mexico has recovered from this incident.
Analysts continued to anticipate the worst last year as the oil kept gushing into the Gulf, closing federal waters and leaving beaches tainted with crude.
Oil spilled out of the sea-floor until September 19, 2010, when the relief well process was successfully completed.
Marine and wildlife habitats faced devastating consequences as the 62,000 barrels per day continued pouring out into the Gulf. Fortunately the Earth prevailed through the storm and the anticipations of the worst-case scenario were met with less severe consequences.
Let's take time as the days continue leading up to Earth Day and focus on how powerful this planet really is, even through environmental catastrophes. Consider how it breathes wind and drinks oceans, and how its heart runs thick with molten lava and beats to the echo of earthquakes. And, despite our many attempts to ruin this planet, Earth continues to move on courageously.
If I may be so bold to conclude with a quote from Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, "Life will find a way."