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Title:
The Exxon-Valdez oil spill
Author:
Schouweiler, Tom, 1965-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [1991]

©1991
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Examines the impact of the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill on the environment and people of Prince William Sound and describes the steps taken to minimize the damage and prevent a recurrence.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560060161
Format :
Book

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Examines the impact of the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill on the environment and people of Prince William Sound and describes the steps taken to minimize the damage and prevent a recurrence.


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Gr 5-9-- A factual and informative overview. Schouweiler begins with a brief description of how the spill happened and its effects on the flora and fauna of Prince William Sound. The geography and history of the area are discussed, as is the history of Alaskan oil development. Preventive measures designed to protect it from such a disaster and the failure to maintain them over the years without spills sets the stage for the inadequacy of the response to the Exxon-Valdez disaster. A detailed account of the event, the cleanup attempts, and its aftermath are clearly and concisely reported. Effects on the fishing industry and native Alaskans who live primarily off the sea, as well as the trial of Captain Joseph Hazelwood are also included. The final chapter outlines steps being taken to prevent similar disasters from occurring. Schouweiler points out the limitations and widespread concerns with these measures, and concludes that another spill of similar magnitude may be inevitable. The well-chosen, black-and-white photographs are unfortunately dark or poorly reproduced. Because this book will likely be used mostly for reports, the inset boxes of technical concepts and anecdotal material that interrupt the flow of text is not a drawback; the information they offer is a real asset to the content. --Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.