Oil spill experiment
Name: A Pajak
I am a freshman in high school and I am doing a project on oil spills. I have
read many articles about different methods used over the years to clean up
oil. I have to do some kind of experiment to go along with my research. I do
not live near the ocean, and I am having a hard time figuring out what to do.
I thought of getting small plant for an aquarium and showing the effects of
oil on them but that seems so obvious. Any ideas or suggestions?
Actually the aquarium idea is not too bad - one problem with oil is that if it
is not scooped up it eventually sinks. You could have four or five fishbowls,
or just clear glass jars, and in each one try a different method for oil-spill
clean-up: skimming the surface, adding a surfactant (dish detergent will do),
burning (be very careful!), or just letting it sit until it sinks - which may
take a while. Observe the results and try to explain which method you think
is best and why.
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