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Simulate an Oil Spill Cleanup

Environmental emergents read about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. They simulate an oil spill and examine the cleanup using various materials. Throughout the process, they try materials that represent booms, skimmers, or absorbers. They add a dispersant to the oil and repeat the experiment, rating each for effectiveness. Although this is not a novel hands-on inquiry, the resources provide tremendous support. In addition to professionally created handouts, you will find a map of the gulf that displays the location of oil platforms, wells, refineries, and pipelines. This alone may be the most impactful part of the lesson!

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