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Environmental Studies

By Ann Weil

To be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES in simple terms. A dialogue of significant earthquake calamities that occurred worldwide.

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In 2002, a team of high school students in Skykomish, Washington won an award. They made two videos about a problem in their community. There was oil leaking from an old railroad fueling station. These students inspired people to fix the problem. 62 Bibliography Alcraft, Rob. Oil Disasters. World’s Worst. Des Plaines, IL: Heinemann Library, 2000. Brennan, Kristine. The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Great Disasters, Reforms and Ramifications. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2002. Dils, Tracey E. The Exxon Valdez.

It spread over 1,000 miles. Sweden was the first European country affected. Farms there were ruined. The vegetables and soil were no longer usable. Even years after the accident, the ground was contaminated. Sheep in Scotland were also contaminated. So were reindeer in Finland. What Caused the Explosion? Workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused the accident. They turned off part of the machinery. The reactor heated up. Rods inside the reactor melted. Uranium leaked into the water used for cooling the reactor.

But no cleanup is perfect. Prince William Sound is forever changed. The Exxon Valdez was given a new name. It is now called the SeaRiver Mediterranean. It is still carrying oil around the world—but not to or from Alaska. The tanker is not allowed to enter Alaskan waters ever again. 45 Alaska Pipeline The Alaska Pipeline (Trans-Alaska pipeline) goes from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil field in North America. Tankers can’t go to Prudhoe Bay. It’s too far north. There’s too much ice in the water.

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