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Oil and Chemical Spills
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Oil and Chemical Spills

Accidents and natural disasters cause thousands of oil and chemical spills every year in the United States. These harm the health of people and animals, as well as the environment while creating widespread economic hardship.

Discover what emergency planners and responders do when they go into cleanup mode.

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Gulf Turtle Eggs Relocated

Gulf Turtle Eggs Relocated

Biologists intervened to improve the chances of sea turtle hatchlings following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. They relocated some 70,000 eggs to a safer environment on Atlantic shores. More...

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National Geographic
When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don’t Mix

When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don’t Mix

Nearly a million gallons of oil spilled into the San Francisco Bay in 1971, endangering thousands of birds and animals. See how rescue centers gave the oiled wildlife a second chance. More...

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QUEST
An Oil Filter for Water

An Oil Filter for Water

Oil and water don’t mix — but when they do in a nasty spill, technology comes to the rescue. Discover a new type of sieve that separates the two and may help mop up these messes. More...

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Science News for Students
First 100 Days of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

First 100 Days of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it caused a disastrous spill. Watch what happened day by day: the oil spreading, fishing restrictions, and the affected shorelines. More...

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The Times-Picayune
Fossil Fuels Puzzle

Fossil Fuels Puzzle

Every oil rig needs lots of drill pipes. Put these puzzle pieces together — but do not spill them. More...

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Discovery
How BP Capped Well

How BP Capped Well

As the company responsible for the oil rig explosion, BP tried for weeks to stem the flow of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Study the diagrams of how they finally made a fix. More...

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BBC
How Much Do You Know About the Gulf Oil Spill?

How Much Do You Know About the Gulf Oil Spill?

The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Test yourself on its effects and global magnitude. More...

Interactive
National Geographic
How to Clean Up an Oil Spill

How to Clean Up an Oil Spill

Experts employ three oil-busting techniques to clean up spills. Watch to discover which one works best in this sticky business — and why. More...

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PBS
Massive Oil Spill Spreads in Gulf of Mexico

Massive Oil Spill Spreads in Gulf of Mexico

Photos of the devastating 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico clearly show the effects of the disaster. Take a look at the damage, as well as some recovery efforts. More...

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Los Angeles Times
Oil Spills and Disasters

Oil Spills and Disasters

Many major oil spills occurred around the world between 1967 and 2010. Examine their causes, how much spilled, and the damage to the environment.

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Infoplease.com
QUEST Lab: Aerogel

QUEST Lab: Aerogel

Materials chemist Alex Gash introduces aerogel, the lightest solid substance on the planet and a great insulator. It looks like frozen smoke. It's a great insulator. Watch to see if it might be used to clean up oil spills. More...

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QUEST
Rescuing Wildlife

Rescuing Wildlife

The polluting effects of an oil spill often injure and kill birds and marine mammals. Learn about the care and treatment of oiled wildlife that increases their chance of survival. More...

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Environmental Protection Agency
The Health Effects of the BP Spill

The Health Effects of the BP Spill

Many workers cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became sick. Find out how they felt one year later and about the long-term health prospects for both workers and residents. More...

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PBS

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