Oil Spill 21 words

  1. teleconference
    a conference of people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television
    “It’s important to note that the visibly oiled birds are a small part” of the effects of the oil spill, Dr. Gould said in a teleconference on Tuesday.
  2. multimedia
    transmission that combine media of communication (text and graphics and sound etc.)
    Multimedia
    Multimedia Feature
    Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Multimedia Collection
    Oil Leak Videos From Senator Bill Nelson of Florida (youtube.com)
  3. sea turtle
    any of various large turtles with limbs modified into flippers; widely distributed in warm seas
    Rowan W. Gould, the acting director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said 156 sea turtle fatalities had been recorded in the gulf since April 30, about 100 more than usual at this time of year.
  4. blowout
    an easy victory
    WASHINGTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration greatly expanded the fishing ban in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday in response to spreading oil from the BP well blowout.
  5. ocean floor
    the bottom of a sea or ocean
    Related
    Green Blog: Satellite Images of the Oil Spill (May 18, 2010)
    Far From the Ocean Floor, the Cleanup Starts Here (May 18, 2010)
    Gulf Currents That Turn Storms Into Monsters (September 27, 2005)Officials are already seeing some impact on fish and wildlife in the region.
  6. ecosystem
    a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
    “What concerns us most is what we can’t see,” he said, adding, “We are preparing for the likelihood that it will exist in the gulf ecosystem in years to come.”
  7. wildlife
    all living things (except people) that are undomesticated
    Related
    Green Blog: Satellite Images of the Oil Spill (May 18, 2010)
    Far From the Ocean Floor, the Cleanup Starts Here (May 18, 2010)
    Gulf Currents That Turn Storms Into Monsters (September 27, 2005)Officials are already seeing some impact on fish and wildlife in the region.
  8. siphon
    a tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube
    The images show the pipe end where a recently inserted siphon tube is pulling out an estimated 2,000 barrels of oil a day, according to BP officials.
  9. rowan
    Eurasian tree with orange-red berrylike fruits
    Rowan W. Gould, the acting director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said 156 sea turtle fatalities had been recorded in the gulf since April 30, about 100 more than usual at this time of year.
  10. lax
    lacking in rigor or strictness
    Mr. Salazar acknowledged that the Minerals Management Service, the Interior Department agency responsible for policing offshore drilling, had been weakened by corruption and lax enforcement of safety and environmental rules.
  11. robot
    a mechanism that can move automatically
    He and Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, had pressed BP to make the clips, taken by robot submersibles, available.
  12. regulator
    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
    Mr. Salazar said that further steps would be needed to give oil regulators more resources, more independence and greater authority to police oil drilling operations.
  13. mineral
    solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
    Mr. Salazar acknowledged that the Minerals Management Service, the Interior Department agency responsible for policing offshore drilling, had been weakened by corruption and lax enforcement of safety and environmental rules.
  14. atmospheric
    relating to or located in the atmosphere
    WASHINGTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration greatly expanded the fishing ban in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday in response to spreading oil from the BP well blowout.
  15. environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
    A graphic depiction of the seriousness of the leak and its threat to the environment was seen in new video clips that Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, posted on his Web site.
  16. percent
    a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
    The prohibited area now covers 19 percent of the gulf, nearly double what it was, according to the agency.
  17. satellite
    any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
    Related
    Green Blog: Satellite Images of the Oil Spill (May 18, 2010)
    Far From the Ocean Floor, the Cleanup Starts Here (May 18, 2010)
    Gulf Currents That Turn Storms Into Monsters (September 27, 2005)Officials are already seeing some impact on fish and wildlife in the region.
  18. operation
    process or manner of functioning or operating
    The Obama administration has already announced that it will separate the minerals services’ conflicting functions of promoting offshore oil operations and regulating their safety and environmental compliance.
  19. estimate
    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
    The images show the pipe end where a recently inserted siphon tube is pulling out an estimated 2,000 barrels of oil a day, according to BP officials.
  20. function
    what something is used for
    The Obama administration has already announced that it will separate the minerals services’ conflicting functions of promoting offshore oil operations and regulating their safety and environmental compliance.
  21. surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    The footage shows black, billowing clouds of oil leaking furiously from the ruptured well pipe, 5,000 feet below the surface.