Why Do They Build Oil Rigs in the Middle of the Ocean?

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Why Do They Build Oil Rigs in the Middle of the Ocean?

There aren’t any rigs in the ‘middle’ of the ocean, but it is fairly common to find major oilfields over 150 km off the coast. This happens because:

These two types of rock’organic-rich source rock and permeable reservoir rock’must be deposited in the correct order in the same place for there to be economically viable oil reservoirs. Sometimes, we find ancient shallow seas (or lakes) on dry land. Sometimes, we find them underneath modern seas. In that latter case, you get underwater oil and offshore oil rigs.

In the ‘middle’ of the ocean, the seafloor is primarily basaltic crust generated by volcanic activity at the mid-ocean ridge. There’s no source of sufficient organic material for oil source rock or high-permeability sandstone for reservoir rock. So there is no oil. Which is fine, because the water is too deep to be very practical to drill on the sea floor anyway. (Possible, but not practical.)

Today, people around the globe will feel uneasy about getting out of bed, leaving their homes, or going about their normal daily routines, all because of a superstition. These unfortunate folks suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, a common neurosis familiar to us all: the fear of Friday the 13th. But just where did this superstitious association come from, and how did it catch on?

According to legend, Loki tricked H’r (the blind god of winter and son of Odin, the supreme god in Norse mythology) into shooting his brother Baldr (the benevolent god of summer who was also a son of Odin) with a magical spear tipped with mistletoe’the only substance that could defeat him. Thus the number 13 was branded as unlucky because of the ominous period of mourning following the loss of such powerful gods by this unwanted 13th guest.

  • Date: 2018-04-16T15:00:00-04:00
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Local science teachers find inspiration in GE Research tour

NISKAYUNA — Some of the labs at GE Global Research in Niskayuna look like a kid’s play room: remote controls, headsets, drones and bins stacked and full of countless pieces and parts.

In those labs, GE researchers and scientists tinker, test and build the industrial technologies of the future.

‘It is like a play room,’ Schenectady High School physics teacher Ellen Lin agreed during a tour of the research facilities for area science teachers.

The tour hosted by GE took the science teachers ‘- about two dozen of them from elementary, middle and high schools in Schenectady, Guilderland, Amsterdam and Bethlehem school districts ‘ deep into the labyrinth of labs and officers on the GE campus. They learned about the company’s work in remote controlled robots, augmented reality, drones that inspect massive turbines and digital ‘twins’ of trains, airplane engines and other GE equipment around the world. Each presentation from the GE scientists provided the teachers with a view into cutting edge science.

‘The more teachers see what is happening out in the world the better,’ said Leigh Feguer, a Schenectady biology teacher who helped organize the tour for teachers. ‘We try to mimic what they are doing here in the classroom.’

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Why Do They Build Oil Rigs in the Middle of the Ocean?
on 16th of Apr 2018 We put the rigs where the oil is! There aren’t any rigs in the ‘middle’ of the ocean, but it is fairly common to find major oilfields over 150 km off the coast. This happens because: Shallow seas often had the correct conditions for oil formation

Local science teachers find inspiration in GE Research tour
(Apr 2018) Think of a technician sitting in New York controlling a robot making repairs to an oil rig in the middle of the ocean . they are learning in class to their lives is a key challenge. ‘At least in my classroom, a very common question is why do

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