Here are answers to questions that students, teachers, and others have asked us about topics related to our work with oil and chemical spills.
Find answers to questions about: sources of spill information; precautions taken against spills; what's an oil spill; how fast oil spreads; spills in rivers; everyday spills compared to big ones; French-language information; oil spills and salt; and oil seepage rates into soil.
Find answers to questions about: the Exxon Valdez spill; other oil spills; where spills happen; tankers vs. other spill sources; the biggest oil spill; the first U.S. oil spill; and getting information about a particular spill.
Find answers to questions about: techniques and procedures; chemicals for cleanup; how long cleanup takes; how tools are being improved; high-pressure, hot-water washing; what's done for oiled animals; oiled whales; spills in rivers; preparing for a career in spill response; volunteering to help; reporting a spill; a spill in your neighborhood; and household products and spill response.
Find answers to questions about: dispersants vs. bioremediation agents; how dispersants affect degradation; dispersant toxicity; getting dispersants for a school project; dispersant vs. detergent; and common dispersants and bioremedation agents.
Find answers to questions about: how oil affects plants and animals; which type of oil is worst; finding oiled wildlife photos; the worst-affected creatures; and how fish are affected.
Find answers to questions about: using NOAA's photos; oil cleanup; testing absorbents; and more ideas for Science Fair experiments.