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Prince William's Oily Mess: A Tale of Recovery

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Workers clean a shoreline in Prince William Sound, Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Workers clean a shoreline in Prince William Sound, Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (Photo credit: OR&R, NOAA)

Web Resources

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council

This Web site contains information from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council about the spill, its impacts, and restoration and research efforts. Check the Council's Oil Spill Facts page for answers to common questions about the spill, and links to more information for students and researchers.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 10 Years Later

This Web site has transcripts and sound files from National Public Radio shows that relate to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and links to sites representing a variety of perspectives on the spill.

What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?

This Web site is an interactive Web presentation on the Exploring Earth Web site. It includes information about oil spill response, as well as activities that use NOAA’s GNOME (General NOAA Oil Modeling Environment) oil trajectory software to model and simulate oil spills.

Hard Aground - 10 Years of Stories, Photos and Reference Material

Hard Aground is a collection of news reports from the Anchorage Daily News that chronicle the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its repercussions. This Web site is a rich source of information that only a local newspaper can provide, including a 1999 special feature called, “Legacy of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.”


Prince William Sound: Paradise Lost?

This is a comprehensive Web site from ThinkQuest about the damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its clean up. It also provides a history of oil in Alaska. ThinkQuest is an international Web site building competition, where teams of students and teachers are challenged to build Web sites on educational topics.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Research: Environmental Recovery in Prince William Sound

This Web site depicts the results of key scientific studies of Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It is a reference guide for anyone interested in understanding scientific assessments of environmental recovery in the spill-affected area.


Oil Pollution and Birds

This Web site from the Canadian Wildlife Service/Canadian Wildlife Federation explains how spilled oil hurts birds.

Historical Incidents Database

This database contains reports and images from about 1,000 incidents such as oil spills and chemical accidents that happened from 1977 to 2001. It is searchable by name or keyword. The database includes mainly U.S. incidents, but also significant incidents that occurred elsewhere. Generally, it includes only those incidents that occurred either in navigable waters (including large freshwater bodies such as the U.S. Great Lakes) or in coastal waters.

Questions and Answers About the Exxon Valdez

This Web page is full of facts about the Exxon Valdez oil spill from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, which was formed to oversee restoration of the injured ecosystem using the $900 million civil settlement.

Images from the Exxon Valdez Spill

This is a collection of NOAA’s Exxon Valdez photos.


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