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An Investigation into the Factors Affecting the Dispersion of Oil in Water Ecosystems
2011 VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR ENTRY
The purpose of this project was to investigate the factors that might affect the dispersion of oil in water. The variables were chosen to imitate the ones that might be involved in an actual oil spill such as the deep water horizon (the BP rig) or the Exxon Valdez rig that spilled oil on the Alaskan shore. The variables tested were temperature, wind action, and water agitation. The hypothesis was that water agitation would cause the greatest amount of oil dispersion.
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