BLACK GOLD CAKES THE OCEAN

Timothy Florio

Summary

The Deep Horizon oil spill is the worst off shore oil spill in US history. It happened off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. There was an explosion that caused a pipe to break a mile under water. Millions of gallons of oil went into the ocean. Many shoreline animals and underwater animals were affected by the oil spill. Pelicans, birds and turtles were covered with oil. Blue Fin Tuna was another witness to the spill. Biologists are using bacteria, fungi and plants to eat the oil, but this oil spill will affect the whole food chain. It could take up to 10 years for all the wildlife to come back.

Connection

I can connect to this article because I have a heart for animals. I don't want them to get hurt. I think it is the people's fault that the animals died because they created the machine that exploded. I think the people didn't think about the safety of the animals environment. I think they should think more about the animals so this doesn't happen again. The animals are just trying to survive.

Vocabulary

stranded-stuck and unable to escape


Many pelicans, birds, and turtles were stranded because they were covered in oil and could not swim or fly.


spawn- to produce eggs in large numbers


The oil spill affected the spawning of the Blue Fin Tuna.

black gold-nick name for oil


Black gold is rare and found deep underground.


suffocate- can't breath


turtles will suffocate and die from the oil in the water.


biologist-people who study living organisms.


Biologists are working hard to save wildlife.


benzene-clear liquid that comes from oil.


Benzene is known to cause cancer.

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