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Oil Spill: Disaster
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Sometimes, a split second can change everything.
On April 20, 2010, disaster struck in the Gulf of Mexico. The offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, causing one of the worst environmental catastrophes in American history. Every day for months on end, more than a million gallons of oil leaked into the water. As the oil company BP frantically tried to stop the spill, scientists and emergency response crews searched for ways to repair the damage. Experts predict that the Gulf of Mexico's environment, wildlife, and industries will take decades to recover.
But what exactly is oil? Where does it come from and why do we need so much of it? What caused this disaster to happen and how can we stop it from happening again? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you find out about the oil spill, relief efforts, and the future of energy use in the United States.
"On the heels of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, this exposÃ© explores the consequences of the disaster and the ramifications of worldwide oil dependence. Profiles of individuals involved with the recovery process address pertinent questions: a sea turtle expert discusses how turtle eggs may not hatch if exposed to oil, and an oil spill expert explains that the difficulty in stopping the spill had to do with the cold temperatures and high pressure deep in the ocean. While text and color photographs convey the extent of the devastation to the Gulf, the book also highlights some innovative attempts to clean up oil spills and profiles two middle school students, who researched cleaning up oil in their own neighborhood. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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