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Glog-3721

On April 20, 2010, a deadly explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform started a catastrophic oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. CLICK HERE to link to an interactive rig disaster timeline!

Once oil has spilled, local, state, and federal government agencies along with volunteers respond quickly with any number of clean-up methods including:•booms, which are floating barriers to oil. •skimmers, which are boats that skim spilled oil from the water surface.•sorbents, which are big sponges used to absorb oil.•chemical dispersants and biological agents, which break down the oil.•burning oil when it's floating on the water.•washing oil off beaches with either high-pressure or low-pressure hoses.•vacuum trucks, which can vacuum spilled oil off of beaches. WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP ABOUT SOMEGULF OIL SPILL CLEAN-UP EFFORTS!

WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOSSIL FUELS

MORE WORKS CITED:Wall Street Journal, . (Producer). (2010). Wall street journal interactive rig disaster timeline. [Web]. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748704302304575213883555525958.html National Geographic Channel, . (Photographer). (2010). National geographic channel gulf oil spillrig disaster timeline. [Web]. Retrieved from http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/gulf-oil-spill-5488/Overview#tab-Overview EcoKids, . (n.d.). Ecokids fossil fuels homework help eco-stat. Retrieved from http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/energy/ecostats/indexWoods Hole Oceanographic Institutionwww.whoi.edu Retrieved from Oil SPill Science Workshop, 9/24/10

Watch a National Geographic video on the Gulf Oil Spill.

...plus photos, facts, and more

Natural Oil Seeps account for 47% of all oil in the Gulf of Mexico!

Chemical Dispersants used in the Gulf are basically dish detergent at a 1:100 ratio of dispersant to oil.

Sometimes clean-up methods cause more destruction than the oil spill itself!


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