Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, One of the Most Disastrous Environmental Catastrophes, Occurred

The oil tanker Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in the Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever to occur in history.

The region was a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The vessel spilled 10.8 million U.S. gallons (about 40 million litres) of crude oil into the sea, and the oil eventually covered 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2) of ocean.

- Wikipedia

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Compare the absorptivity of different sorbents used for cleaning up an oil spill in water.
Subject: Environmental Sciences
Grade level: Elementary School, Grades 4-6
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Descriptive
Cost: Low
Awards: 1st place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (2009)
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (VSF)
Year: 2009
Description: Oil motor is poured into an aluminum foil tray; different materials, like a sponge, are placed into the tray for one day; amount of oil absorbed is calculated.

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