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Dirty Oil, Oily Dirt


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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Dirty Oil, Oily Dirt

In this activity, learners discover how sediment is affected in an oil spill. Learners investigate the differences between heavy and light oil as well as the differences between different sediments. Use this activity to discuss the challenges involved in cleaning up oil in sediment after an oil spill.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 3 wide-mouth containers
  • measuring cup
  • coarse-grained sand or gravel
  • medium- to fine-grained sand
  • clay or mud
  • molasses (simulates heavy oil)
  • mineral oil (simulates light oil)
  • small glass
  • masking tape
  • pen
  • science journal

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • NASA Center for Distance Learning, Office of Education at NASA’s Langley Research Center

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ©2004

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