Activities for Students

Common Household Items
That Can Be Used To Clean Up An "Oil Spill"


Kitty litter, corncobs, and laundry lint work especially well. Dawn dish detergent works just like a dispersant (it helps break down the oil into smaller droplets, which then break down naturally.) Other items to try: cotton, feathers, nylon, newspapers, towels, and sponges.

REMEMBER, just like the oil spill responders who actually go out to cleanup an oil spill, you have to be careful that you are picking up only oil, and not the water. If you soak up too much water, then you won�t have any room left to soak up the oil!

OHMSETT FACILITY
NWS EARLE WATERFRONT
ROUTE 36, BUILDING R-26
LEONARDO, NJ 07737
Ph 732-866-7183

Amoco Cadiz

Oil Covered Rocks After a Spill

Dispersant Application

Powerwashing the Shoreline

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Visit these links for more activities:

Drilling for Oil (pdf)

Activity Sheets (pdf)

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforecment
http://www.boemre.gov/mmskids/

NOAA Student and Teachers http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/audience_catalog.php?RECORD_KEY(audience_chosen)=audience_id&audience_id(audience_chosen)=2

Experiments, Photos, and Oil Spill Information
Environment Canada Youth and the Environment
http://www.ec.gc.ca/youth/index_e.html

Prince William Sound, Exxon Valdez Spill
http://library.thinkquest.org/10867/home.shtml
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