When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez sank in Alaska, crude oil spread over nearly 10,000 square miles of water and polluted over 700 miles of coastline, devastating the local wildlife and environment.

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Bitesize: Chemistry
First broadcast:
20 March 2008

In addition to researching the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, students could also explore the direct pollution of oil spills. They should look into the physical properties of oil that make it difficult to clean up and the various methods that can be used to remove it.