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Oil Spill Science- Oil Spills in Perspective

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McWane Science Center


McWane Science Center


A discussion that attempts to place the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into perspective.

Length: 5:33

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (3)
1. Classify substances as soluble or insoluble.
soluble—sugar in water, powdered drink in water;
insoluble—sand in water, oil in water
SC (3)
13. Describe ways to sustain natural resources, including recycling, reusing, conserving, and protecting the environment.
  • Recognizing the impact of society on human health and environmental conditions
    SC (6)
    2. Describe factors that cause changes to Earth's surface over time.
    Examples: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, glacial erosion or scouring, deposition, water flow, tornadoes, hurricanes, farming and conservation, mining and reclamation, deforestation and reforestation, waste disposal, global climate changes, greenhouse gases
  • Comparing constructive and destructive natural processes and their effects on land formations
  • Examples:
    constructive—volcanic and mountain-building processes;
    destructive—erosion by wind, water, and ice
  • Distinguishing rock strata by geologic composition
  • Examples: predicting relative age of strata by fossil depth, predicting occurrence of natural events by rock composition in a particular strata
    SC2015 (5)
    17. Design solutions, test, and revise a process for cleaning a polluted environment (e.g., simulating an oil spill in the ocean or a flood in a city and creating a solution for containment and/or cleanup).*


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