Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Oily Facts

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Oily Facts

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520 million gallons: The amount of oil that poured into the Persian Gulf during the Kuwait oil spill of 1991--making it the worst oil spill in history. (For comparison's sake, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped about 185 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico.) (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/oilnumbers.html)

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A dime: The approximate amount of oil fatal to a bird. (International Bird Rescue Research Center)

2,800: The number of sea otters killed in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. (http://library.thinkquest.org/ CRO215471/oil_spills.htm)

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Less than 1: the percentage of all oil-soaked birds that survive (even after cleaning). (http://www.answerscom/topic/oil-spill-1)

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Kemp's Ridley Turtle: the species that a gaming website has determined most likely to become extinct due to the recent oil spill. According to the New York Times, "[a] $5 bet on the turtle would win $9 if it's listed as extinct at any time because of the spill. Less likely species--the gulf sturgeon, smalltooth sawfish and elkhorn coral--have payout rates of 20-to-1." (http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/05/24/24greenwire- website-offers-betting-on-spill-related-extinc-84733.html)

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1,700: The estimated number of barrels of oil that seep naturally each day from coastal areas into U.S. marine waters. (Oil seeps are fairly common around the world both underwater and aboveground. …

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