S: Environmentalist WebQuest
FC: Environmentalist WebQuest | by MaCayla Cook
1: Gulf Oil Rig Explosion The gulf oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010 due to high pressure methane gas rising onto the rig and igniting, causing it to explode. 11 people died, and 17 other people were injured.
2: Oil Spill Clean Up The oil spill washed oil up on the beaches. People are using shovels to scrape the oil off of the sand.
3: The oil floats on top of the water.
4: This makes it difficult for dolphins and whales to come up for air and breathe because the oil is in the way.
5: Birds like this one are having a hard time surviving because they get covered and stuck in the oil. To make matters worse, their habitat is also being destroyed, so there is no safe place for the birds to get away from the oil.
6: Birds are also having a hard time reproducing successfully because when they lay their eggs, the oil begins to smother the eggs and sometimes kill the babies inside.
7: Even primarily land animals, such as crabs, are covered in oil because it washed up on the beaches.
8: 210,000 gallons of oil a day leaked into the ocean before it was contained. Length of oil spill before it was capped: April 20, 2010 to July 15, 2010.
9: A cleanup workers hand is covered in oil after helping take care of the beach by scraping the oil off the sand, water, and rescuing animals.
10: Now, food from the gulf isn't safe to eat for humans until the oil is lessened and the habitats aren't as unhealthy. Larger animals eating smaller ones could also potentially be in danger because everything in the gulf is contaminated.
11: The oil still remains in the ocean. However, the gulf's environment will continue to get better as people help to clean up and work to restore the environment.