Oil Spill!: Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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Millbrook Press, Apr 1, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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The oil spill was the largest in U.S. history. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank. Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from a deep ocean well. For months, the energy company BP tried to control the leak. More than four million barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf before the well was stopped. Fishers, shrimpers, and many others along the Gulf coast lost their income as polluted water prevented fishing and stifled tourism.

Meanwhile, countless workers tried to contain the spilled oil. Boat crews skimmed the oil slicks on the surface. Scientists poured chemicals into the water to break up the oil. Then bacteria could remove the smaller oil droplets from the water. Wildlife organizations rescued oil-slicked pelicans, turtles, and other animals. The government, together with BP and volunteers, rallied to help coastal areas recover.

Oil Spill! explores the Gulf of Mexico disaster from the beginning. With vivid images and diagrams, it breaks down the murky mess to look at how it happened, how it affected the Gulf, how it compares to past spills, and how kids can help the area recover.

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Most children have probably heard about the BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico. All children might have heard about the oil spill, but don't know all the details about it. This book gives great detail on ... Read full review

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User Review  - briannawg - LibraryThing

This book is about the gulf oil spill in 2010. It is about the clean up, effects, and what to do. I really enjoyed that it included a glossary. Read full review


April 20 2010
Stopping The Leak
The Cleanup
Disastrous Effects
Whats To Be Done?
What You Can Do
Oils Messy History
Source NotesFurther Reading And Websites
IndexPhoto Acknowledgments
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Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues. Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.