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Sorting Out the Oil Spill

Topic: 5_6H Enquiry in environmental and technological co

Crude oil has been flowing from a leaking Gulf of Mexico pipe since the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, leased by BP, exploded off the coast of Louisiana on 20 April 2010 and sank two days later. Heavy rust-coloured oil has washed ashore, threatening wildlife. The spill has reached Louisiana and is threatening Florida and Cuba.

In this activity children will investigate the properties of water and oil and will try to find a way to separate the two liquids.

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that different liquids have different properties

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

how to plan an investigation to answer a question

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

how to use the information gathered to answer questions in a wider and environmental context

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 4 successfully.


   
Web Links

BBC News
The news story behind the activity

ThinkQuest
Information about oil spills

The Guardian
Information on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Population Education
Student investigations into separating oil and water

Information is Beautiful
Comparing oil spills in history

BBC News
Article about mopping up the oil spill using human hair

 
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