Oil Spill Project
By Teagan Anders


Find the total area of the spill in miles.

  • Using a ruler, you will have to measure the different quadrilaterals in centimeters then convert to miles.
  • 1 cm. = 15 mi.

     Area Calculations-

1. 2,756.25 Miles Squared

2. 1,125 Miles Squared

3. 900 Miles Squared

4. 11,700 Miles Squared

5. 1,414.125 Miles Squared

6. 15 Miles Squared

7. 787.5 Miles Squared

8. 1,406.25 Miles Squared

9. 1,406.25 Miles Squared

10. 450 Miles Squared

11. 2,025 Miles Squared

12. 1,350 Miles Squared

13. 1,518.75 Miles Squared

14. 423 Miles Squared

15. 168.75 Miles Squared

16. 506.25 Miles Squared

17. 168.75 Miles Squared

18. 675 Miles Squared

19. 450 Miles Squared

20. 787.5 Miles Squared

   Total Area of the Oil Spill-

    29583.38 Miles Squared


1. Taking a second look at your sectioned polygons from your map, do you think your area is an exact measure of the space affected by the spill?

Answer: I think it's pretty accurate. I had to measure to the nearest shape, so it's not going to be exact.

2. How accurate do you think your polygons compare to the actual spill area? Do you expect your answer to be more or less than the actual spill area?

Answer: I think that my answer is a bit less than the spill area because since I had to draw to the nearest shape, some of the spill got left out, but not much.

Additional Information-

1. I think that we should leave the oil alone so it could break down itself naturally. A combination of wind, sun, current, and waves will evaporate most oils. Light oils will be gone more quickly than heavy oils. But if we feel the need to do away with the spill right away, then we should use booms, barriers, and skimmers. Mechanical containment should be used to capture and store the spilled oil until it can be disposed of. Also, we should get a volunteer group together to help clean up the shorelines.

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