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Marine Corps Scientist: BIG Bomb Could Seal Gulf Oil Leak
Posted By admin On June 12, 2010 @ 4:30 am In World News | Comments Disabled
By Nathan Hodge
June 12, 2010
Plenty of people have come forward with ideas for plugging the Gulf oil leak. A Marine Corps science adviser has proposed his own novel solution: Drop a huge bomb on it.
Franz Gayl, a civilian scientist employed by the Marine Corps, is circulating a proposal to stop the gusher of oil by using the dropping the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal on the wellhead.
Call it the Mother of All Depth Charges. Gayl is proposing a modified version of the Air Force’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb , known informally as the “mother of all bombs.” Designed as a “shock and awe” weapon to intimidate Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the Iraq war, the 21,600 pound, GPS-guided bomb was never used in combat.
Washington Wire has obtained a copy of a PowerPoint presentation Gayl is circulating. The presentation neatly visualizes how the bomb might cauterize the leak – without messy consequences. According to Gayl’s theory, the massive shock wave from the detonation
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 WSJ: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/06/10/marine-corps-scientist-big-bomb-could-seal-gulf-oil-leak/
 GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb: http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story_media.asp?id=123089812
 21,600 pound, GPS-guided bomb : http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123089812
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