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Children's LiteratureExxon Valdez Oil Spill is one in a series of six books on "Environmental Disasters." Bryan introduces us to this disaster through an introduction which explains the cause of the crude oil spill that dumped more than 260,000 thousand barrels of oil into Alaskan waters. It was the largest oil spill in United States history. Although no human lives were lost, hundreds of thousands of sea birds, otters, bald eagles and killer whales died. Fifteen years after the spill, pockets of oil still contaminate the area's shores. The following four chapters go into detail on different aspects of the oil spill. Chapter one talks about the Alaska wilderness and Prince William Sound where the accident occurred in 1989. Chapter two describes the accident caused by human error when the Valdez struck an underwater rock wall. The error opened up the cargo tanks, spilling oil into Prince William Sound. Chapter three examines the damage done to the environment and how Exxon dealt with the clean-up. Chapter four looks at the fate of the ship's captain, Joseph Hazelwood and the Valdez. New laws and protective measurements were put into place to prevent future Environmental Disasters. Also included in the book are many interesting sidebars, time line, glossary, and further information. Good color photographs accompany the text. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi