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Looking Ahead:A long-term problem

Even after the leak is stopped, the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to continue for years or even decades. Oil and animals Experts say the poisonous oil gets through the thin outer surface, called the membrane, of fish eggs. Fish breathe oxygen through their gills. The sticky oil clogs the gills and makes it

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Stopping the Oil

Experts say once oil is spilled, it’s hard to clean up. Since the accident on April 20, many different methods have been tried to clean up the oil. Break it up Scientists have tried using dispersants (dis-PURS-ants) — chemicals that do sort of the same thing as natural microbes. Dispersants break up oil into small droplets that attach