The BP Oil Spill

Overview

Tiny living things such as certain bacteria eat and break down oil.

Inside, You'll Find:

Problems and events that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and the spill's impact on commercial fishers;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Overview

Tiny living things such as certain bacteria eat and break down oil.

Inside, You'll Find:

Problems and events that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and the spill's impact on commercial fishers;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Today's children are quite aware of issues concerning the environment. As part of the "True Book Series," this title attempts to explain to upper elementary students one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States. In order to capture the attention of readers, the opening page presents two true-or-false statements that will be answered somewhere in the rest of the text. The first chapter explains the events that began on April 20, 2010 when the rig exploded and caught fire. Earlier problems at the site are reviewed in the second chapter. There is also a page recalling the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Chapter three recounts the many attempts to deal with the oil spill and efforts to stop the leaking oil. It also describes the problems for animals and humans as a result of the spill. The last two chapters deal with the efforts to clean up the area and what the after effects will be on the entire Gulf region. The text is further enhanced with many colored photos, a timeline, a page of statistics and unusual facts, highlighted by arrows, on almost every page. Additional resources include a glossary, index, bibliography, web sites, organizations and places to visit. Teachers should find this a helpful aid in presenting this event to their pupils who will also be able to use it for their own research. The relatively high cost may prove to be a problem with purchase. If other material is already available then buying this volume is not really necessary. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531289990
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: A True Book
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 335,014
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Trouble in the Gulf

What happened to the Deepwater Horizon? 7

2 Deep-Water Disaster

What problems did the rig have before the explosion? 11

3 From Bad to Worse

What caused the oil slick to spread? 19

Animals in Danger

What animals were affected by the oil spill? 24

4 Cleanup

What was done to clean up the oil spill? 29

5 After the Spill

Will the oil be with us forever? 37

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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