Scientists are learning the best ways to combat oil spills. Learn how you can help, too!
Title: Prince William
AUthor: Gloria Rand
Illustrator: Ted Rand,
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
In Prince William Sound, a little girl named Denny finds a baby seal covered with oil. How can she save its life?
Title: One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill
Author: Nancy Stewart
Illustrator: Samantha Bell
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.Suggested age for readers: 7 to 12
Oil spills have a tremendous impact on the environment. In this investigation, students will learn about oil spills and dtermine what materials might be used in a cleanup.
Oil Spill Investigation
Develop a method for cleaning up an oil spill using the materials provided.
Reporter – What did you find out?
Recorder – How well did it work?
Runner – What materials were used?
Referee – How much time did it take for the plan to work?
Tin Pie Pan
Provide students with a tin pie pan.
Pour water into the pan
Put drops of oil on top of the water
Devise a plan(s) to clean-up an oil spill
Write down your observations for each plan
Keep a record of the time for the plan to work
Write a summary describing the method that worked best
The video relates how a team of scientists conducted rapid response sampling of coastal environments before any oil had reached land, following up in October 2010 with post-landfall sampling for comparison. USGS hydrologist Dennis Demcheck describes details of the work and explains the importance and value of having pre-landfall data for assessing impacts of the oil spill.
"Nano sand" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the "nano sand" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. The description and the video are amazong to read and watch.
Scholastic News Online, a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine tracked the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in 2010.The information is a collection of news stories, video, and other resources that provide insight into the cause and effect of this disaster.