Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


To complete this exercise, students will need:

For teachers, there is a guide for teachers and a teacher version of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill KMZ file, in addition to the above resources.

Background Reading:

Extended Learning:

The satellite images capture only the amount of oil at the surface. The amount of oil beneath the surface remains unknown. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has developed a simple demonstration to help students understand this concept. You can find it at: